Player Spotlight: Ryan McGinty

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We were able to do a follow up interview with Marana Mt View LB Ryan McGinty. Ryan had another great year in which he was named 1st Team All 5A for the 2nd year in a row.


24-7: You followed up a great junior year with a great senior season. What were your stats? And did you feel there was added pressure on you to make plays?


Ryan: My stats were on defense were: 29 solo tackles, 57 assisted tackles, 2 fumbles caused, 1 fumbles recovered, 2 interceptions, 4 sacks, 2 blocked punts, 5 batted passes, 1 defensive touchdown and 8 offensive touchdowns . Obviously there was pressure because of the college attention but on the field I didn't feel any pressure, I just went out there and had fun.


24-7: With the success you had, have the recruiters followed? If not, what do you think has kept them from offering you scholarships?


Ryan: Right now I am only talking with 3 colleges so no, since the start of the recruiting process, not many recruiters have followed. I'd like to say it's my height that has kept them from offering me but I don't know. Trey Blackmon (5 star recruit from Georgia committed to Auburn) is thought by many to be the top outside linebacker in the country and he is only 6 foot so obviously if one is good enough, height doesn't matter.


24-7: What are your plans as far as football goes next year?


Ryan: Right now it looks as if Columbia is number one. The education and possibility for early playing time is just too much to pass up. South Dakota State and NAU are also interested so I'll probably take official visits to those schools to see what they have to offer.


24-7: What can you bring to the table for a college football team?


Ryan: Intensity and heart. In my opinion those are the two main intangibles for a good football player. I try to base my play on them. I will also bring hard work, discipline, leadership and responsibility to where ever I go.


24-7: What was the most memorable part of your season this year?


Ryan: Beating CDO-there's no feeling in the world like beating an archrival. After that game, my teammates and I just sat around in the locker room, soaking it all in. I remember in the course of walking out to my truck I just stared at the scoreboard for a few was great.


24-7: Who was the best player you faced this year?


Ryan: Jack Darlington without a doubt. When a player can change a game with only a few plays, he is a stud and that's what Jack did to us. Other good ones were Greg Bird and Channing Trotter from Red Mountain, Jay Leal from Westwood and Brock Knight from CDO. 


24-7: Who are some players we should watch out for next year from Marana Mt View?


Ryan: Joey Felix (CB), Joel Espinosa (RB/LB) and Cliff Englehardt (OL/DL) will all be great next year. Also, Dan Fonomonoia (OL/DL), Delbert Gallego (OL/DL), Jeremy Walrath (RB/LB), Jared Hiller (RB/LB) and Kenny Burrows (OL/DL) should have a good years.


24-7: Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to a junior who is about to go through the recruiting process?


Ryan: I'd say try to get your name out to as many colleges as you can. Make tapes and send them along with a letter to any schools of interest. Also, don't get too caught up in any letters you might receive, they are only letters. Work as hard as you can in the off-season and everything else will fall into place. 


24-7: What school would you commit to right now if they offered you a scholarship? Why?


Ryan: Columbia. The education they provide is second to none in the United States and their head coach Bob Shoop told me that I have the potential to be an impact player for them so that really excited me.


24-7: What is one thing you would have changed about this season and why?


Ryan: If I could change one thing, I would have played more offense in the first half of the season. I played a lot of offense towards the end of the season and did alright....I just wish I would've helped more towards the end.


The staff at 24-7 would like to thank Ryan for his time. We wish him the best of luck in choosing schools.

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