McCants impresses in front of USC coach

With 210 yards and three touchdowns in Corona (Calif.) Santiago's 23-9 win over Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, running back Ryan McCants (6-2, 225) served notice that he belongs in the same breath with many of the other prominent running backs in the southland.

That he did it with a couple of college coaches there was impressive to many, but for McCants, the victory was the biggest thing for him.

"I didn't even know they 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. "Since they, I haven't heard anything about an offer from either of them, but its only been a couple of games."

McCants doesn't lack in offers, with eight to his credit and each of his top five has 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."

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

"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," said McCants. "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."

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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