Leach's passion helps WSU land OL Liam Ryan

MIKE LEACH IS a passionate person, there’s no doubt about that. You see it on the sidelines from time to time and you certainly see it in his postgame press conferences. But his passion for WSU football was showcased on full display for lineman Liam Ryan this weekend and his family. It was something that made his decision to go crimson that much easier.

On Saturday night, Ryan, who was in Pullman over the weekend for his official visit, informed Cougfan.com that he committed to WSU. Heading into the weekend, he said he was planning on waiting until closer to signing day to pull the trigger.

But Leach made it clear he wanted him to be a Coug.

“I think the highlight of my trip was definitely the talk I had with Coach Leach,” Ryan said Sunday. “The emotion he had when we talked stood out. You could tell that Coach Leach and the entire staff really wanted me to be a part of the program. It’s just a great feeling now that I’m committed.”

RYAN COMMITTED TO WSU on Saturday night, hours after his initial one-on-one with Leach.

“Coach Leach told me they brought me in for a visit because they wanted me, but spots are starting to fill up. He was trying to get me to go there and so was the athletic director. I’ve been on a lot of trips to schools, but WSU was the first place the AD met with us. He (Bill Moos) had a ton of passion as well.

“I discussed things over with my parents and we made a list of what I wanted in a college. Everything at WSU exceeded my list. I told Coach Leach and Coach Clay McGuire after dinner that I loved the school and I’m ready to be a Coug. Coach Leach’s eyes lit up and I could tell he was very happy. It was a good feeling.”

In addition to Leach and the staff, the newest WSU commit said host Peyton Pelluer and quarterback Luke Falk also helped him realize Pullman was the place for him to be.

“They were key factors for me in this too,” Ryan said. “Peyton showed me around the whole campus and did a good job showing me the student life. It was cool to have him as a host. I got to meet Luke Falk too because he’s one of Peyton’s roommates. Meeting Luke and having him describe the offense to me was great. After hanging out with them, everything started clicking and I got the gut feeling that I wanted to commit.”

Ryan, who also had offers from San Diego State, Nevada, Fresno State, New Mexico and others, said he doesn’t think he’ll be taking any additional visits before National Signing Day.

“If other coaches want me to take a visit, I’ll check in with Coach Leach to see if that’s okay,” he said. “I’m pretty much set on Washington State, though. My parents loved it up there and they support my decision. I think I made the right call.”

Recruiting Note:

On Sunday, four-star wide receiver Isaiah Johnson announced on his Twitter page that he has decommitted from Florida. The touted prospect took an official visit to WSU last weekend. Certainly something to watch moving forward. 

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