La Verne (Calif.) Damien offensive lineman Liam Ryan finished his senior season with nine offers on the table and is planning his months of the recruiting process leading to signing day. The 6-foot-6 and 270-pounder is also playing basketball for his high school team, which is delaying his availability for official visits.
“I thought I did really well,” Ryan said of his senior season. “Me and my coaches talked and I’ve done my highlight film and I thought each game I performed pretty well. I’ll probably be waiting a while. Basketball is a big conflict, otherwise I would have my officials done sooner. The unofficials help too though.”
Ryan has already taken an official visit to Nevada earlier this season, although most will have to wait until January.
“It was pretty fun,” Ryan said of Nevada. “I got to see what it was like to be a part of the Wolf Pack family which was cool. It’s not that far. We could have drove but we chose to fly.
He has one open date in December which he is planning to visit Washington State on Dec. 11.
“Washington State reached out to me first so I’ll probably give them priority to schedule for my only weekend free in December. I hear from them every week. I get mail from them daily so they are very interested right now. I haven’t been able to go up there to visit because it’s not that easy to get up there. I would say they are showing the most interest out of all the schools so far.”
Washington State is an intriguing option as his only Pac-12 offer, although Mike Leach’s offense has its downsides for offensive line recruits.
“It’s something special,” Ryan said of Washington State’s offense. “Not a lot of offenses get to run that. I know it probably won’t prepare me if I want to go play at the next level because it’s a passing offense, but it’s something they obviously strive to do. They beat a couple of pretty good teams with it like UCLA and they almost beat Stanford. That’s intrigued me, seeing them rise to the occasion. I got to see them at UCLA so that was cool.”
Ryan is also looking at taking official visits to San Jose State and Fresno State in January. He may also visit San Diego State. Arizona State also recently began showing interest and invited him on an unofficial visit on Nov. 21. Other schools that have offered, but have not shown as much interest include Air Force, Eastern Washington, New Mexico and Sacramento State.
The Southern California prospect was offered first by the Spartans. His uncle Harry Daniels played for SJSU in the 90s and he visited unofficially over the summer multiple times. He is yet to make it to campus over the football season, however.
“I’ve been keeping in touch with them,” Ryan said of San Jose State. “They were one of my first offers so I’ve always been keeping them around and we talk on a weekly basis. We’ve always kept it close.”
At Fresno State, Cameron Norcross is his primary recruiter.
“We have a pretty decent relationship,” Ryan said. “I went there on an unofficial in the summer. When we talk, it’s in-depth talks. Some of the coaches will just talk to you for four or five minutes”