Coach Spotlight: Ryan Janvion

Dade Christain School is kindergarten through 12th grade private Baptist school set in County Club, Fla. Ryan Janvion has attended the school for the past 11 years and has been a starter on the football team, the Crusaders, since his freshman season. During that time he's spent a good deal of time with Crusader head football coach, Mike Sonneborn.

"Ryan's so athletic we couldn't keep him off the field [as a freshman]," said Sonneborn. "We played him at cornerback, then moved him to strong safety as a sophomore where he excelled. He brings so much to your football team because of his versatility.

"We've used him at running back and on punt returns. This year he's playing the SAM linebacker position where he's usually good for 10-11 tackles a game and two-three pass breakups."

As a junior Janvion, 5-foot-11, 185-pounds, had 105 tackles, four sacks, and an interception plus rushed for 100 yards and had 200 receiving yards in addition to a blocked field goal attempt. He was named All-FL 1A District 8. Sonneborn said Janvion started to receive recruiting attention in spring of his sophomore year.

"He ended up with 12 official offers," said Sonneborn. "Ryan's an academic kid so that was a big factor for him. When he whittled it way down he was looking at top academic institutions like Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Duke, and Wake Forest. In the end he didn't want to be too far away for his family to visit. He wanted to play in the ACC.

"Wake Forest maintains a strong recruiting presence in south Florida. Coach Mac [Ray McCartney] recruited Daniel Mack to Wake Forest. I think it helped with Ryan being able to talk to Daniel because he's been there and knows what it's like."

Mack, a redshirt sophomore at Wake Forest, has been a frequent contributor in the Demon Deacons secondary. He'll have his old defensive back running mate with him next season after Janvion gave his commitment to Coach McCartney and the Deacon staff in August.

"I think he'll see early playing time [at Wake Forest] because of this football I.Q. and his athleticism," Sonneborn said. "Ryan will have been a four year starter with over 60 football games played when he finishes, so he'll pick up the coaching strategies fast. He's intelligent, maintenance-free, and always prepared. Ryan's a very easy player to coach."

Sonneborn believes Janvion is on-track to become the school's Valedictorian when he graduates next summer. He carries a 4.3 GPA in AP classes.

"Ryan's a well-spoken, high character guy who does a fine job representing our school on the field and in the classroom," Sonneborn said. "He's very well-rounded on a variety of subjects. Just a typical Wake Forest kind of kid."

The Crusaders are 1-1 early in the season. They'll take on Ronald W. Reagan/Doral Sr. High School on September 23rd at home.

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