Satellite camp pays off for OL with WSU offer

LIAM RYAN (6-6, 275) out of La Verne, Calif., wasn’t going to be able to get up to Pullman for the Cougars’ summer camp. But he could travel to nearby Redlands, where the Washington State staff was working a satellite camp this June. It was a good decision, as the o-line prospect landed a WSU offer this week.

Ryan, out of Damien High, talked to both WSU area recruiter Ken Wilson and o-line coach Clay McGuire on Tuesday when he got the offer from WSU, his first from the Pac-12. The Cougs have talked to him about either guard or tackle.

“Coach McGuire says he really likes my length, I have really long arms for an offensive lineman. I’ll play anything, I’m a versatile player. I have a good reach but I also play basketball so I have that footwork advantage that maybe not a lot of other people have,” said Ryan.

Ryan was the starting center on Damien's state championship basketball team. But his collegiate future is on the gridiron. He holds offers from Air Force, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State and San Jose State. He’s also hearing in varying degrees from Oregon State, UCLA and UW.

“When I went to the camp in Redding I started off kinda slow and Coach McGuire was coaching me up. By the end, I was being more physical and really took his coaching to heart. He said I was a very coachable player and with just one or two hours coaching me, put that into 2-3 years… he said I could make a very big impact there,” said Ryan.

Ryan has unofficially visited a couple of in-state schools and hasn’t scheduled any of his official trips just yet. His uncle played for the Spartans and he watched UCLA growing up.

“I don’t really have an early leader, I’ve only visited San Diego State and San Jose State… I went to the state of Washington when I was about nine years old and I just loved the atmosphere and the weather. The football atmosphere they have up there, the big rivalry game between Washington State and Washington, that really intrigues me,” said Ryan.

Ryan said he’s leaning towards making a verbal commitment after the season but that it could also come sooner.

“Besides football and education… a big key for me has been atmosphere. I like to play under the lights and have those fans to hype you up,” said Ryan.

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