Shazier Cuts It To Five Schools

Plantation (Fla.) linebacker Ryan Shazier is one of the top prospects in Florida, and the senior linebacker has narrowed his scholarship list to five schools from the over 30 offers he owned...

Plantation (FLA) linebacker Ryan Shazier, one of the highest-recruited players in Florida, has accumulated over 30 scholarship offers, from several of the top programs in America.

Heading into the summer camp season, Shazier announced Friday that he has cut his final list to five schools.

"I wanted you to know I'm down to five schools now, and they're all even," Shazier stated. "My final five are Florida, North Carolina, Ohio State, South Florida and UCLA. Each school has something unique that sets them apart from the others, and this is going to be a very tough decision. I have no clue when I'll be making my decision, because I'd like to take a few official visits, so I would guess I would know by mid-season."

Shazier took the time to discuss each of his final five schools, and speak of why each made his final cut.

"Florida is the top school in the country, if you go by winning lately," he stated. "I love their coaching staff, and they have a great broadcasting program. So does North Carolina, and my education means a lot to me, especially life after football, so going into broadcasting will play a part. I love the direction the North Carolina program is heading, and I've heard their facilities are awesome. I hope to visit there in a month, or so."

"Ohio State has great tradition, and they dominate their conference and win bowl games," he continued. "My teammate Jeremy Cash will be going there, and that makes them more attractive. I will be visiting for the Miami game. South Florida is a great school, with a great coaching staff. They're close to home, and I think playing time could come quickly. UCLA is a great school, in a great city, and the opportunities for employment after college would be great. I hope to get out there for an official visit."

In the past, Shazier has maintained that distance from home would play a huge part in his decision, but has he softened on that stance?

"After talking it over with my parents, i have to say distance is not going to be a big factor," he stressed. "It's time to grow up, and my parents are behind me 100%, and they will support me no matter how far from home I might go."


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