Last Friday night Ryne Giddins performed on the largest stage a high school recruit can play on – ESPNU Friday Night Game of the Week. In the game Giddins showed what people in the Tampa Bay Area have known for years, and that is, Ryne Giddins is one of the top defensive ends in the country. He was the leader of an Armwood defense that kept the Plant High offense, which averages 30 points a game, scoreless.
"It was a good game, the atmosphere was crazy. Both teams played a good game. We weren't where we need to be to start the season, but a victory like this feels good after all the work we put in this summer."
The plan was to get to quarterback and Georgia commit, Aaron Murray early and often, that's just what Giddins did, he racked up 4 tackles, 2 sacks and 5 hurries. Ryne is the 12th ranked defensive end in the country according to Scout.com and he's got over 70 offers from teams across the country.
With the season under-way college coaches are allowed to make one phone call a week to recruits and Giddins got his share during the first week of calls.
"I talked to LSU, USF, UF, Florida State, Southern Cal and Auburn, that's it."
Now that the summer is over the 6-foot-4 Giddins says he's ready to name a top 5.
"Yeah I got a top 5, it's USF, USC, Auburn, North Carolina and Florida. That's it for now, but it's not in any order."
Giddins says not to be surprised by him having USF in his top 5, they are a rising program who made it to number 2 in the country last year and the local standout has been watching them progress over the last 3 years since joining the Big East.
"USF is a great school for me, I would love to go there to be a part of their team and a part of their defense. Their academic program is awesome and the talent is there to take this team to the next level…so why not do it in my own backyard?"
Although he wouldn't name a leader he did say USF stands out.
"Everyone in my top 5 is equal to me, but they (USF) got a little advantage because it's right down the street from me and they are a program that could do some things."
Giddins has been a regular around the South Florida campus over the summer. He participated in the Scout.com 7-on-7 held on the Bulls IM fields, he was at the SuperBull in June and made a couple unofficial visits as well. Another school he made frequent stops at was UF. Giddins said those are the two teams he has the best relationship with.
"I'd say I have the best relationship with Coach (Kevin) Patrick and Coach (Dan) McCarney at UF."
On Saturday Ryne attended the UF/UM game and said he'll be at the Pitt/USF game in a few weeks. He has no official visits set just yet, but said he'll be working on those in the coming weeks. Stick with USFNation.com for the latest on Ryne Giddins and the rest of the Bulls '09 recruiting class.
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