Felt At Home

Mike Ryan watched his older brother Jamie find a new home at Notre Dame years ago, but now it's time for him to take that same leap. The Tamaqua, Pa., product committed to Connecticut during the summer, but made a trip last month to check out his new home.

Three-star offensive lineman Mike Ryan gave his verbal commitment to Connecticut in August, but hadn't spent much time in Storrs since then. In December the 6-foot-5, 307-pounder from Marian Catholic took an official visit and was pleased with what he saw.

"I took my official before Christmas and was hosted by Mike Hicks," Ryan said. "Unfortunately I had a really bad cold, so it really limited what I could do on the visit. We went and had a great dinner the first night there, but on Saturday I woke up and felt awful, so I ended up sleeping most of the day in my hotel room. It was really disappointing because I was so excited to check everything out, but there was nothing I could do."

Since Ryan's official visit was unfortunately very uneventful, and because his hotel room probably wasn't all that interesting, we spent time talking about what made him choose the Huskies.

"My mom and I went up for the day back in August and we were both really impressed," Ryan explained. "I remember seeing the facilities and just being in awe of how amazing they were. I could see myself playing in the NFL one day because of how good that weight room is. Connecticut has a great program and I've always heard such great things from people I know who have dealt with the program. I'm good friends with John Love, who played in the NFL and dealt with Coach (Randy) Edsall in the past, and he had nothing but great things to say about him. I've also become good friends with Robbie Frey who is from right down the road in Lehighton. I felt at home when I was on campus because it's so much like where I grew up. The business school at Connecticut is excellent and that's what I am interested in majoring in. Basically, I just wanted to be part of something big and I feel like that's what I'll have the chance to do at Connecticut. It was just a perfect fit for me."

As a senior, Ryan was named first-team All-State by the Associated Press and was named to the Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33" team. He also earned first team All-County honors as a junior.

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