Conwell looking to cross lines?

Ryan Conwell is a 6-5, 215-pound defensive end/tight end prospect, and his brother, Will, plays for the University of Washington. In fact, his uncle Ernie, another Husky, now plays in the NFL. So why is Ryan considering going to school in Oregon? Wouldn't that be considered tantamount to treason in the Conwell household? For Ryan, it's common sense - you go where the interest is.

"They've been hinting at an offer, but they want to make sure I'm big enough," Ryan told last night after the Kentwood Conquerors defeated Capital 35-28. "Coach (Neal) Zoumboukos came down and talk to me at school, and Coach (Robin) Ross, their tight ends coach, is coming to my house on Thursday to talk to me about it. We will see how that goes."

And Will's thoughts on his younger brother possibly crossing state lines? "My brother told me that U-Dub would be talking to me after my season was over. I guess they didn't want to bother me during the season. We'll see. But just because Oregon is calling doesn't mean I'm going there for sure or anything like that. If I did go to Oregon, he wouldn't care. We're good friends and during the game it would be a lot of fun. (laughs)

Portland State said they were going to get me an official visit, but then they didn't call me back, so I don't know what's going on with that. And I've been talking to Oregon. And U-Dub, I've been going to all their games. Idaho, Boise (State) and Montana too."

Conwell said the Duck and the Griz are the two schools recruiting him the hardest right now. But for the immediate future Ryan is just going to sit back and soak in another state title. He'd be back for another season, if given the opportunity. "Well, I would if I could, but I have to move on," he said. "Hopefully it will be to a major college."

And just like last year, when he sealed the game with a big sack against Bethel, Ryan came up big when it counted most. He was brutal off the edge all night and got to Cougar QB Jon Oatman with a big stick in the second quarter, forcing the ball high into the air. It was quickly gobbled up by another Kentwood lineman for an interception. "I was just trying to hit him as hard as I could," Conwell said. "He's a good quarterback. Our coach called a jet on it, so I was just supposed to go as fast as I could at him. I wasn't sure the ball had popped out, but it was exciting. I had flashbacks to last year's Bethel game."

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