SD Tight End Heats Up

The 6-5, 227-pound Ryan Deehan from Poway (Calif.) High has seen his recruitment take off this spring, going quickly from no scholarship offers to his current five, and with many more schools coming to see him at the Poway campus during the spring evaluation period...

Poway (Calif.) tight end Ryan Deehan (6-5, 227) saw a slow start to recruiting but things have really accelerated in the past few weeks.

"I have five total offers," said Deehan. "San Diego State, California, Texas A&M, Colorado and Arizona State have all offered me."

And more schools have been keeping tabs on Deehan, with many college coaches coming by to visit the Poway campus. "I'm hearing a lot from UCLA, USC, Ole Miss and Colorado State," said Deehan. "UCLA, Arizona State, Colorado and Ole Miss have all come by and Washington (where teammate Nick Wood signed in February) is supposed to come by."

Deehan said that with offers starting to come in, and interest from schools who haven't offered, he's not narrowing his list down. "I'm pretty wide open right now," said Deehan. "I have a lot of good options so I want to keep my options open."

He did however, indicate a couple of the schools that have stood out to him. "I definitely want to check Ole Miss out, being in the South and all," said Deehan. "And UCLA, there is some real intrigue there. I mean, one, it's UCLA. That's a school I have interest in."

In fact, Deehan has unofficially visited UCLA, doing so in late April after taking in a spring practice. "I went up there for a spring practice and I really liked it," said Deehan. "I got to meet Coach (Dino) Babers, Coach (John) Wristen and Coach (Bob) Connelly. My team is going to be up there this summer for a passing league tournament, too."

Texas A&M offered Deehan, the connection being one of his high school coaches and an Aggie coach. San Diego State is also trying to sell the hometown factor. Still, Deehan is in no rush.

"By the end of the season, I think I'll decide. I definitely want to take some visits," said Deehan. "If there is something good out of state, I'll take a look at it. My family would like to have me close so they can go to home games, but that won't affect my decision."

With good size and speed (he runs a 4.7), Deehan said no schools have envisioned him playing on the defensive side of the ball and want him exclusively on offense. Being a Chargers fan, he's been able to watch Antonio Gates excel at tight end. "Yeah, I watch how he plays and what he does," said Deehan, who will be at the Stanford Nike Camp this weekend.

During his 2006 junior season, Deehan was a second team all-state underclass pick after catching 51 passes for 840 yards and scoring five touchdowns. The Titans were 5-5 entering the playoffs but finished with an 8-6 record, advancing to the CIF-San Diego D-I championship game, where they lost to Carlsbad.

Academically, he has a 3.0 core GPA and scored a 980 on the math/verbal portion of the SAT.


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