Coaches Out to Watch McCants

Coaches from both UCLA and USC were out last Friday to watch Ryan McCants, the 6-2, 225-pound running back/athlete from Corona (Calif.) Santiago -- and he didn't disappoint, rushing for 210 yards. McCants talks to us about his recruitment and how it might change if UCLA or USC got more involved...

Corona (Calif.) Santiago's Ryan McCants (6-2, 225) looks like he's starting to prove that he's a big-time prospect.

As a running back, he had 210 yards and three touchdowns in Santiago's 23-9 win over Anaheim (Calif.) Servite last week.

Doing it with a couple of college coaches in attendance was impressive, but for McCants, the victory was the biggest thing for him.

"I didn't even know they (college coaches) were there until afterwards," said McCants. "I wasn't doing it for myself but for my team. We practiced hard the whole week. I know I didn't think I would do that good."

McCants had the monster game with coaches from both of the local schools there. "I know that USC's offensive coordinator (Lane Kiffin) was there and I found out a coach from UCLA was there as well," said McCants. "I haven't heard anything about an offer from either of them, but it's only been a couple of games."

McCants doesn't lack in scholarship offers, with eight to his credit, and each of his current top five having offered him.

"My top five is Colorado, Nebraska, Arizona State, Oregon State and Mississippi," said McCants. "Now, if USC or UCLA offered me, then they would most definitely move up. Coach (John) Wristen from UCLA has called me."

Nevada, Colorado State and Arizona have all offered McCants as well.

But for what position? McCants said, "Most schools are recruiting me as an athlete, but to play running back in college would be nice. But I don't really have a preference."

In terms of potential official visits, McCants has some ideas. "I want to visit Colorado, Nebraska and Arizona State for sure. I might take some of them during the season, but nothing has been set in stone," he said.

McCants said that his family is open to him leaving, though they wouldn't mind if he stayed locally. "They said it would be nice if I was to stay close to home, but they want me to go wherever I feel comfortable," said McCants.

This week, McCants will try to follow up his performance against Servite with a similar outcome against Riverside (Calif.) La Sierra.

Academically, McCants has a 2.67 and scored a 1410 on the SAT.

Last fall, McCants rushed for 1,439 on 224 carries and scored 13 touchdowns.


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