On the defensive side, the 6-0 178-pound junior maintained solid all-around numbers, recording 50 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries and 10 pass break-ups and facilitating the Vikings' 9-2 successful campaign in 2007.
Despite the offensive success, which included leading the team in receptions as a sophomore (28 catches for 250 yards), Ryan considers cornerback his main position.
"I'm getting looked at as a corner/wide receiver, because my sophomore year I played wide receiver, started varsity and led the team in receptions," he said. "Teams look at me as a slot receiver, but my main position is corner."
For his efforts, four D-I schools have offered the cornerback/wide receiver athletic scholarships: Virginia, West Virginia, Rutgers and Maryland.
Ryan admires characteristics in all of the programs.
"All of the schools have their own special perks," he said. "Right now I'm fully open. I haven't made a list or anything yet."
Ryan revealed a few secrets about the schools.
- " Rutgers: Rutgers is my home state school, so I'm definitely liking Rutgers, because growing up, watching them the last couple of years.
- " Virginia: The academics are like bar none and I'm very high on the academics.
- " Maryland: I can see myself playing early because they're losing a lot of DBs.
- " West Virginia: West Virginia football speaks for itself, the way
they've been recruiting athletes, so I know there's going to be winning at
He has already visited each of the aforementioned colleges, including Maryland's and Rutgers' spring games, in addition to unofficial trips to Wake Forest and Penn State.
Penn State longtime coach Joe Paterno greeted Ryan's family and remains interested in Ryan's services despite not having sent an official recruiting letter.
"I saw the first spring practice, I met JoePa and he met my parents and I got a tour and they (Nittany Lions coaching staff) said they were interested," Ryan said.
Several summer camps have invited the junior prospect, but he remains undecided about which ones to attend.
"I got invited to The Elite College Combine (The BigTime Football Showcase) but I'm not going to attend that," he said. "The Nike Camp at Penn State I also got invited to, but I'm not sure if I'm attending that. I haven't decided. I'm going to be attending one or two camps, but I'm not sure which ones yet."
In-state Rutgers may hold an advantage over its competition, based on its recent success, coaching staff and academics.
"With (Greg) Schiano going to be there a long time and a school on the rise, it's definitely a good school to go to," Ryan said. "Playing a lot of Jersey players and they're still winning. Coming from South Jersey, that means a lot to me."
Moreover, Ryan prioritized his choices by academics, locking in Rutgers, which recently earned praise from the NCAA for its student-athletes' finishing among the top 10 percent of the Academic Progress Report for the fourth straight year.
Although Ryan did not comment on this per se, he said academics surpass all other incentives.
"Academics, my relationship with the defensive backs coach and the coaching staff and if I feel I can play there and really make an impact," Ryan said with regards to his college football decision-making. "And then overall campus, (if it) has a great feel, to see if it's a place for me… and facilities."
Ryan will likely commit in the next few months before football season commences.
"I'm planning on making my decision whenever I feel ready, but I'm going to try to focus on it before my senior season," he said. "Probably, the summer, but I'm definitely not going to commit earlier than that.
"The latest is going to be the start of my senior year."