USF Commit Giddins Named Parade All-American

USF football commit Ryne Giddins,has been collecting post season honors and the latest is a big one. The 4-star Armwood defensive end was recently named to the 2009 Parade All-America Football team. Read on and see wht Ryne has to say about making the team and being the first USF commit to get the honor. Only on

Armwood's 4-star defensive end Ryne Giddins, USF's most highly decorated recruit, added another milestone when it was announced that he was named to Parade's 46th annual All-American High School Football Team. Making him the first USF commit to be named a Parade All-American in the programs history.

"I feel real proud, and I want to thank God for making it possible," said Giddins. "I also want to thank my coaches, players and everybody who voted for me. It feels real good."

The prestigious PARADE All-America High School Football Team is made up of a roster of 58 standout athletes from 25 states, selected by coaches, journalists, scouts, and recruiters. Past Parade honorees include Tim Tebow, Reggie Bush, Peyton Manning, and there will be 15 former Parade All-Americans in the upcoming super bowl. Getting chosen is an elite honor for an athlete, and came to Giddins as a surprise.

"I didn't know I was voted to the team until you called me," said Giddins. "I was surprised and excited, I told my family and they thought it was wonderful."

Giddins (6'3.5-235) is the 12th ranked DE in the nation by Scout and was a consensus national top 100 recruit. Received more than 70 Division I scholarship offers, but narrowed down his list of schools to just USF and the national champion Gators, but the best pass rusher in the state chose the hometown Bulls, and now will be the Bulls first Parade All-American.

"I feel honored, I really do," said Ryne. "I'm proud to be going to USF, and I'm proud to have the opportunity to be the Bulls first All-American. It really means a lot."

This season Ryne earned the CSTV National Defensive Player of the Year, USA Today first-team All-American, and was selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after racking up over 70 tackles, 6 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two returned for scores, an interception for a TD, and 18 tackles for a loss.

As a junior he recorded 98 tackles, 21 for a loss, an amazing 21 sacks, and finished as Armwood's all-time sack leader, earning first team All-county by both the Times and the Tribune as a junior and senior, and was also voted a two-time defensive player of the year by the Times, among other post season honors.

"It's a special honor for me, and being the Bulls first, makes it that much more special," said Ryne. "Hopefully it'll be the first of many."

The entire 46th annual PARADE team, selected by coaches, journalists, scouts and recruiters, will be published in the Sunday edition of PARADE Magazine in most newspapers.

Check back with for a full Q & A with Ryne Giddins.

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