Texas State received their 18th commit for the 2016 class from McKinney Boyd high school three-star defensive end/nose tackle Ramon Readus. A visit to San Marcos this past weekend cemented the decision for both Readus and the Bobcats’ coaching staff.
“When I visited there this past weekend, it felt like home. I loved it,” said Readus. “They were going to offer me (Monday) and I would have committed then but they have a Thursday game this week so coach (Ambrose) didn’t get a chance to call me until (Tuesday morning). I was in class but I went into the hall to take it. He offered and I committed.”
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Readus moved to McKinney, Texas when he was in the 8th grade. After racking up 23 tackles and one sack at defensive end his sophomore year at Boyd, he was named Co-Defensive Newcomer of the Year for 10-5A. In the offseason, he tore his labrum and fractured a few bones in his shoulder, causing him to miss his entire junior season before it even began.
With just one offer and not much interest from schools, he came back his senior season in dominate form, racking up 120 tackles and nine sacks while playing both end and nose tackle. Schools started to look his way, garnering interest from Texas State, University of Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State and Stephen F. Austin.
New Mexico State even called Readus the night before Texas State did to say they planned on offering him soon. The next morning, the Bobcats called Readus and he committed on the spot.
On Wednesday afternoon, Texas State unfortunately suffered two de-commitments, both coming from running backs: Tyler Tutt and Kyle White.
“I was overly excited because it’s my first D1 offer and it’s where I’ve been wanting to go. They’ve been talking to me for a while. I was so pumped up. At the visit, they were saying that they wanted me there and how I could be a player for them. A couple days later, they offered. I’m just so happy. I worked my butt off after my shoulder injury and I’m just blessed to be getting a chance.”
The Bobcats will be looking for Readus to primarily play tackle but they plan on taking advantage of his versatility, “I’ll be a defensive tackle,” said Readus. “I spoke to coach Mike Hudson and he said I would play some defensive end too. They want to get me in at both.”
“I’m a defensive lineman that uses his hands a lot. I’m 6’2-1/2” but I have the arm length a 6’4-1/2” guy. I have really long arms and wingspan. I switched from defensive end to nose guard and my long arms on the short, stubby centers, it helped me.”
Readus is the second defensive lineman to commit to Texas State, along with John Lilly out of Strake Jesuit.