HIGH SCHOOL: TROY HIGH SCHOOL
HEIGHT: 6'4" WEIGHT: 290 LBS.
BENCH: 300 SQUAT: 340 40 TIME: 5.1
HIGH SCHOOL POSITION: DEFENSIVE END / OFFENSIVE TACKLE
COLLEGE POSITION: OFFENSIVE GUARD / DEFENSIVE TACKLE
COLLEGE PROSPECT LEVEL: D-I - I have no problem in listing Ryan as a D-I player. While he's a DE in high school, his future is inside at offensive guard or defensive tackle / nose. A good camp showing will move Ryan up many college boards. He has great arm extension with power, and shows great leverage. The area Ryan will need to work on is staying lower; this is always a problem with high school players and can be fixed.
The highlight tape of Ryan showed all defensive plays. While he's an end in high school, he doesn't have the speed to play the position at the next level. If he stays on the defensive side of the ball, he will be moved inside to a nose or tackle position. I really like how he uses his hands and arm extension against other players, with more weight and work on his footwork, Ryan would be a great nose guard in college. My biggest question for Ryan on defense would be coming off the ball. Because of the way he play's end in high school, I would have to see how well he hits the gaps and penetrates with speed. On film he looked slow, but much of that's because he comes off and locks into the blocker, then sheds.
While he shows very well on the defensive side of the ball. I see his future on the offensive side. Ryan would need some technique work, but I feel he could become a dominate guard in college. He shows great punch-out on the defensive side and that skill will help him become a power guard at the next level. Ryan has a wide body, with a great base under him. He shows great balance and doesn't get knocked off his feet. Any school that runs a power running game should be giving hard looks at this kid. I would like to see more of Ryan on offensive. That would allow me the chance to see more about his hips and feet.
The biggest thing I liked about Ryan was his willingness to play full-go on every play. He would pursue the ball carrier until the tackle was made, and even pulled down an interception from his DE position. Camps will open some bigger doors for Ryan, because he's a kid not many have heard of. Remember his name; come next February he will be signing a D-I NLI.
I would like to thank Ryan's mother for helping OPS stay updated on Ryan's recruiting progress. If your a player in Ohio, send your tape to OPS for a player breakdown.