Widener Visits Dallas

At 6'2, 320 pounds, defensive tackle Ryland Widener is big. Just ask the running backs and quarterbacks he knocked around for 10 forced fumbles last season. Recently Widener attended SMU's junior day. What are his thoughts afterwards? Find out inside PonyStampede.com!

At 6'2, 320 pounds, defensive tackle Ryland Widener is big. Just ask the running backs and quarterbacks he knocked around for 10 forced fumbles last season. Recently Widener attended SMU's junior day and had a great time.

"As soon as I walked in they took me up in a room with coach June Jones and they were talking about how they want to offer me," stated Widener to PonyStampede.com. "They are showing me a lot of interest and that has them high on my list."

While Widener does not have any official offers at this point, expect them to start coming in soon. Currently the schools that are showing the most interest are SMU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, LSU, and Tennessee.

Last season for Northeast High School in Oklahoma City, Widener had 61 tackles and 7 sacks. Northeast finished the year 4-6 overall, but is expected to rebound in 2009.

"We will be pretty solid. We lost two receivers, but we bring our whole line back, plus we are going to be getting a new coach," said Widener.

It will be a summer of speed drills for this defensive tackle. Not only does Widener want to get his weight down, he also wants to drop time off his 5.2 forty.

"I really want to work on my quickness and speed," said Widener. "I'm going to be going to different training facilities and camps, really working on getting my forty time down."

Don't expect to hear Widener commit to any school quickly or this summer. He tells PonyStampede.com that he will not make a decision until after the season or on signing day.

"I really want a good relationship with the coaching staff so that will be the biggest thing that goes into my decision," said Widener. "I will also really look on how far away it is from home and if they have my major. I really want to major in Sports Management."

Currently SMU does not offer a Sports Management major, but will start to offer this major in the fall of 2009. Just in time for Widener to take a visit and see if he likes the academics on the Hilltop.

Ryland Widener also played basketball and throws the shot put on the track team. He has a 3.25 GPA.


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