Ryan Reels in First SEC Offer

2009 National Letter of Intent Day is now three days behind us and we begin to look forward to the 2010 class. Colleges have been doing that for months as they attempt to stay ahead of the game in the world of recruiting. One prospect in the Florida Keys is receiving some early attention.

Thomas Ryan has been on the recruiting map for a while. The 6'4, 242 pound DE and OT has been a major player at Marathon High School for two years. He registered 80 tackles, 12 sacks, and 15 tackles for loss as a junior. He rarely leaves the field and is really just growing into his frame. The talented athlete takes care of business off the field as well with a GPA over 3.0.

Ryan reeled in his first SEC offer the other day. That offer was from Kentucky, Ryan responded, "I am jacked up." I asked if he can talk more about that, "I am just so excited and grateful to have that kind of opportunity, I have worked so hard to get here, it made my day."

Defensive line Coach Rick Petri had come by Marathon to pick up film and meet Thomas. Thomas also did his homework, "I did not know much about Kentucky, but the more I researched the happier I got. Coach Petri has coached Warren Sapp in college, they are a big-time school for athletics and have a great fan base. They have an excellent coaching staff."

Thomas is looking forward to getting up to see Kentucky, "I hope to go up for their Junior Day. I can't wait to get up there."

Kentucky is not the only SEC school going after Thomas, he was contacted to call Vanderbilt on signing day and followed through, "I talked with Coach Des Kitchings and they were telling me about their academics. It is a very prestigious school and academics are important to me. It is one of the best schools in the country. They are sending a coach down and I will head up there for Spring practice. I have heard nothing but awesome things about Vanderbilt and Nashville, I would say I am real interested in them."

Another school that has been in contact recently is Boston College. They invited him to come up for an exclusive camp, "I really do not know much about them or the city of Boston. My family is from Long Island, but we have been in the Keys since first grade."

So, with these offers and contacts rolling in what does he think about leaving the Sunshine State for college, "I am open to leaving the state for college, that is not a big deal, the more I research what is out there, the more I see that there are some great fits for me both athletically and academically."

SunStateFootball.com will keep in touch with this talented prospect.

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