Offers and recruiting
The last time I called Ryan he had no Div 1A offers as of that time (10/19/02). He was being recruited by Maryland, Rutgers and Northwestern and a number of Div 1AA schools. Ryan is still getting the majority of his interest from Div 1AA schools and continues to get attention from a few Div 1A program. I talked to his dad who noted. "He is going to Georgetown this weekend, New Hampshire after that. He'll be taking visits to Lafayette. Rutgers came after him like a Sherman tank up until about a month ago and then just stopped. Northwestern looked and him and said that they might come around to see him on the next cycle. Syracuse we haven't heard from in about a month."
I caught up to Ryan later on and he told me about his favorites: "Georgetown, Lafayette and New Hampshire are probably my top three. New Hampshire has offered a full scholarship, the other two have need based assistance available. If I really like it up at New Hampshire, I'll probably go there but it is still between those three and it will depend on the visits. "
Post season honors
"First team all county, first team all group, first team all Iron Hills conference."
Ryan is 6-3 1/2, 265 with a solid 4.9 in the forty yard dash who was All County and All Conference last year. On offense Ryan averages close to 3 pancake blocks a game and was noted as a player who could both pass block and run block effectively. On defense Ryan had 50 tackles, 5 passes knocked down, 1punt blocked (which he recovered on the one yard line), 4 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries. Ryan was a member of Mike and the Big Dog's Preseason High School All New Jersey Team.
Mike Fasano: MikeFasano@comcast.net