Thomas Ryan talks Vandy visit

He committed almost 11 months ago to Vanderbilt and finally took his official visit to Vanderbilt over the past weekend. VandyMania talked with defensive lineman about his visit to Nashville and more.

"I got there a day early so I got to hang out a bit," said Thomas Ryan. "The next morning where all the football players eat and had a good time then we had a tour of the campus. At 6 o'clock on Friday night we went on a ferryboat and went down the river all the way to Dave and Busters. While we were on the boat we had a presentation about Vanderbilt football."

Ryan, who says he will likely be a defensive end at Vanderbilt, played linebacker much of his senior season in addition to playing on the defensive line. He was moved to defensive end for the last couple games and came up with an impressive six sacks. Although Ryan made more of an impact as a defensive end than linebacker, he feels that his experience as a linebacker will help him as a defensive end because he has more of a sense for the entire field.

Before he committed to the Commodore program Ryan had his top three schools as Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Florida State. He says that although he has received interest from major BCS schools since committing to Vanderbilt he is still solid with the Nashville school.

"I'm solid with Vanderbilt, a hundred percent...I knew Vanderbilt was for me from day one." Ryan also believes that all the other commits that visited are now solidly committed as he is, "I think that all of us that were there, we are all committed 100 percent."

Ryan also revealed that he has been selected to play in the "Team USA vs. World" game on January 30th at 11 am CT. The game, which will be played in Ft. Lauderdale, pits 45 of the country's top high school seniors - against a "World" select team composed of the best players aged 19 and under from outside the United States spanning four continents. Ryan will play defensive end in the game. The contest will be televised on the NFL Network.

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