China Spring is becoming a destination point for college recruiters as the Cougars have several players who have potential Division 1 talent and it showed as CSHS finished 14-2 in 2007 and was the Class 3A Division 2 state runner up. One player to keep an eye on is DE Ryan Boutwell who also doubles for China Spring as a guard, but Boutwell projects as a rush end in college. The 6'3 225 pound DE with a 325 pound bench press max notched 118 tackles as a junior earning first team all 17-3A honors and first team all Central Texas honors along with setting a school record with 50 pancake blocks on the offensive line. Ryan was also honorable mention all 17-3A in 2006 as a sophomore.
Besides starring on the football field, Boutwell is also a member of the China Spring track team where he throws the shot put and discuss. "My biggest strength is my versatility, I am equally good at stopping the run or rushing the passer, the only thing is we don't play a lot of spread teams." Ryan mentions this summer he's looking to work on his speed and strength.
Oklahoma State, Kansas, Texas Tech and Missouri have all shown interest in the DE from Central Texas but Ryan says at this time he doesn't have any favorites. Last summer Boutwell attended mini-camp at LSU and he plans on making it back out to Baton Rouge for the Tigers camp once again this summer. Boutwell who plans on majoring in Kinesiology says academics along with a chance to play are the main factors he's looking at when it comes to picking a school, however don't look for a decision from Ryan until after the 2008 season.
"Not many people picked us to make it as far as we did last year, so we know people will be gunning for us. I think we are ready for the challenge because we have another really good team in our district (Waco LaVega) who gets us ready for the playoffs and maybe a run to a state championship."