Stanchek Sticks With Early Offer

West Virginia was among the first schools to offer Cincinnati offensive lineman Ryan Stanchek a scholarship, and that early offer paid dividends when the Ohio native made his college decision.

"West Virginia offered me really early. They were one of the first schools to do so," the ultra-polite Stanchek told "After I got the offer, we started looking into WVU and liked everything about it. Also, they have an athletic education major, which is perfect, because I want to get into coaching. That's been a goal of mine for a long time."

Although Stanchek didn't know it at the time, he was a few dozen yards away from his future college team in 2002. Ryan was in the stands when WVU visited the University of Cincinnati for their game that year.

He got his first look at the Mountaineer campus over the summer, meeting offensive line coach Rick Trickett and head coach Rich Rodriguez.

"I liked Coach Trickett a lot. I've only met him once, but I think I will respond to his coaching style. We'll see," said Stanchek with a laugh.

Stanchek has played both left and right guard for LaSalle, which runs a spread offense similar to WVU's attack. He thinks that should give him an advantage as he learns the system, and also believes that his strengths will fit in well with West Virginia's offense.

"I'm really good at pulling and blocking," Stanchek said. "WVU was right up there in rushing last year, and I think my run blocking is good."

When asked about his reputation for being an all-out type of player, Stanchek credits his father.

"My dad always told me if you are going to do something, then do it right," he explained. "Once you walk on the field, you have to flip that switch."

Stanchek flips that switch often enough to earn a number of honors, including honorable mentions on the All-Southwest Ohio team and All-District Team, and a first team selection to the Greater Catholic League. Stancheck, who is a team captain, also earned LaSalle's IronMan award. As befits his polite personality, Stanchek seemed a bit embarrassed when asked about his awards.

"No one has asked me about those for a while," the mobile offensive lineman admitted.

Stanchek notes that he will try to get to WVU's game this weekend with Rutgers, but that a family commitment might get in the way.

"My mom runs a restaurant, and it can be tough to get away," the LaSalle senior noted. "But, if I can't do it this weeekend, then we will get over to a game in November."

When asked his duties around the restaurant, Stanchek replied with a laugh. "I do the dishes, but I figure that you have to start somewhere."

With that type of attitude, the well-grounded Stancheck seems to be pointing to a successful college career, and also to a successful life after football. But it's his competitive nature that has pushed him to a Division 1 scholarship.

Stanchek also plays basketball, puts the shot and heaves the discus at LaSalle. He plays all of those sports, but knows that the time will come when he has to give them up for football.

"More than anything, playing other sports keeps my competitiveness up. Basketball helps with my footwork, too. I will miss those, but I just love competing, and football is the one that I have the best chance to play."

Stanchek received offers from North Carolina State, Northwestern, Ball St., Bowling Green Ohio, and Cincinnati, in addition to WVU.

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