Tolar already making a difference

Ryan Tolar likes this new line of work. The 6-foot-6, 328-pound offensive lineman from Pasco, Washington came up from the Tri-Cities to Seattle this past Saturday with a goal in mind. What was that goal? Well, Dawgman.com spoke with Ryan to find out, as well as get an update as to what he's working on as he gets ready for Big-9 football.

"It was pretty fun," Tolar said, matter-of-factly when asked about his junior day experience. But it didn't start there. "I went up Friday and hung out with Steve Schilling, Cameron Elisara and James Montgomery. Because of the traffic, I was an hour late so we didn't get to do too much. We just messed around at the University and the shopping center by the school."

It was the first face-to-face meeting for Tolar and Montgomery. "I've been talking to him for a long time on the phone, but this was the first time I'd met him in person," said Ryan. "I'd gotten to know him pretty well over the phone. He's a really nice guy."

So what was Tolar's goal? "The goal of going up there was to meet the other recruits and find out what they were thinking," he said. "Each time I go up there though, I always see something new. Like this time I was able to meet Spirit, the mascot. That's something I've wanted to do, so that was cool. And we got a full campus tour and saw all the buildings on top. We also saw the locker rooms too. And at the end we went to the top of the stadium and saw the Blue Angels.

"It was a really impressive day. And we also hung out with some of the players. Isaiah Stanback was there, Joe Toledo was there and Shelton Sampson too. I think that impressed the recruits that were there."

Now that Tolar is back in the Tri-Cities, it's all about getting ready for the Bulldogs' upcoming season. "I've been conditioning hard since mid-July, dropping weight, getting faster and working on my speed and leverag," he said.

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