Ryan Ehrie turns heads at the Penn State Nike Camp

Ryan Ehrie was one of the biggest surprises of the Nike Camp, showing incredible quickness and agility for an athlete his size. The 6-7, 285 lb. offensive/defensive tackle will be a 4-year starter this season at Freedom High School in Bethlehem PA, and has started on both sides of the ball since his sophomore year.

Ehrie has outstanding size, but his quick feet and mobility were what set him apart from many of the other linemen at the Nike Camp. Some linemen his size are slow and need improvement in their footwork but Ehrie performed the agility drills like an athlete half his size. Ryan is solid and does not carry any excess weight. He should have no problem adding another 20-30 pounds to his frame in college.

Ehrie ran an amazing 5.03 40-yard dash at the Nike Camp. He also ran a 4.5 shuttle and registered a 28-inch vertical. He bench pressed 185 pounds for 31 reps.

Coach Morgan had this to say about his work ethic, "In my 31 years of coaching, I have not had another kid work as hard in the weight room as Ryan has. He benched pressed 355 pounds and squatted 565 pounds last year at a weight lifting competition where you must use strict form to have your lifts count."

I asked Coach Morgan what Ryan's strengths were on the football field. "On offense he is an outstanding run blocker. He is explosive off the ball and really bends his knees to get into an opposing player. He had 32 pancake blocks last season. On defense, he runs very well and pursues the ball very well also."

Ryan was named to first team All-Conference and All-League last season. His grades are excellent too. He has already visited Pitt this spring with his father and enjoyed his visit.

Coach Morgan said that Ryan favors Pitt, Maryland, Notre Dame, Stanford, Penn State, and Duke at this point.

Brian Gold
PittInsiders.com


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