Ryan Janvion ready for signing day

Ryan Janvion, from Hialeah, Fla., is set to sign his National Letter of Intent to attend Wake Forest. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete played at Dade Christian School, the second largest private school in the Miami area. Janvion has been committed to the Deacons since August, and now it's time to make it official.


"I'm going to do my signing in the morning because the Wake Forest coaches want me to go ahead and get it over with," said Ryan Janvion. "Then we're going to have a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

"The coaches will speak a little bit about how I impacted the team during my career. All of my family will be there. Afterwards, I'll talk with some of the local newspapers and have pictures taken."

Although he was recruited at defensive back by Wake Forest, Janvion played linebacker as a senior for the Dade Christian Crusaders. He averaged 12 tackles per game with four sacks and three fumble recoveries. He was named First Team All-Dade County as an Athlete. His team went 8-2 on the season. Janvion enjoys winning and that was a big selling point for Wake Forest.

"When I first started the recruiting process I knew what I wanted," said Janvion. ""Forest best fit my criteria. They offered great athletics and academics but also a chance to win. I didn't want to go to a school and be at the bottom of the barrel with no chance of winning.

"Coach Grobe has proved he can win. I think they're on the rise. Also, Daniel Mack, a former teammate of mine, is there. He has been a good friend and mentor to me since my freshman year."

Janvion has an impressive offer list including Boston College, Duke, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and three Ivy League colleges. Initially, Janvion's mother favored Duke for her son. That changed on his official visit in November.

"I was up last summer on an unofficial visit with my Dad," Janvion said. "I took her up with my little brother the weekend of the Notre Dame game. She really liked it.

"The campus is beautiful. They keep everything spotless. I like the fact that the campus isn't too spread out. I go to a small high school and I know where everything is. Wake Forest is kind of like that.

"The classes won't be huge. I'm the kind of guy who sits in front and asks a lot of questions. I wouldn't be able to do that in a classroom with 300 people."

This signing class by Wake Forest has eight players from the Sunshine State many of whom were recruited by Ray McCartney. Janvion enjoyed a recent in-home visit with the Wake Forest Recruiting Coordinator.

"It wasn't a big deal because we have met and talked with Coach Mac plenty of times," Janvion said. "It was mainly about having an enjoyable conversation with him.

"After signing day I'll be getting the coverages, so I'll start learning them. I already know who I'll be rooming with, Tyler Cameron, a quarterback from Florida who is already up there."

Janvion is staying active in the off-season. He is playing basketball and running track for Dade Christian as well as conditioning for football. He expects to arrive in Winston-Salem for the second summer school session around July 6th.

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