OL Ryan Clanton is Getting a Ton of Interest

Offensive lineman Ryan Clanton of City College of San Francisco is getting looks from some top schools. He has his first offer, and has been contacted by the San Jose State. He also recently received a very high honor. One of his teammates may also have an SJSU offer.

The Sporting News recently released its 2009 Junior College Pre Season All-American team and offensive lineman Ryan Clanton of City College of San Francisco was a member.

"It's a great honor to be recognized, I was happy about it when I heard," Clanton said.

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound guard has been getting a lot of interest lately, and recently received his first offer.

"Texas State offered me," Clanton said. "They're the first and I was really happy to get it."

Clanton said he's also been getting a lot of attention from USC, Fresno State, and Nevada as well. Other schools showing interest include UNLV, Wyoming, Arizona State, Kansas State, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Washington, and San Jose State.

"The San Jose State coaches have been showing me a lot of interest," he said. "I've talked to them a lot and I'll definitely be thinking about them."

With an offer in-hand, and schools showing a lot of interest, it would be tempting for a player to bolt from the junior college ranks. Clanton, however, has other priorities.

"I'm a team captain this year so I have a lot of responsibility towards my teammates," he said. "I'll be here in the fall and will graduate in December."

Clanton came out of Bakersfield (Calif) Christian High School and said he was being recruited heavily by Fresno State and Hawai'i before grade issues forced him to CCSF. He now appears to be on track with his grades in order.

"I'm doing really well in school," he said. "I'm now in summer school and I'm in the highest JC English class and doing well in math."

USC and Fresno State could be the final college destination for Clanton, who said he wants to remain closer to home. However, should neither of those school offer, then San Jose State would begin to look more attractive, he said.

In 2007 CCSF won the Junior College National Championship. Many of the stars of that Ram squad went on to bigger and better things, and the 2008 team suffered through a 7-4 season - their worst record in 20 seasons.

2009 looks to be another strong year for the Rams, and one reason may have an offer from the Spartans. Please go to the Inside Sparta Premium Message Board for details.

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