Foothill QB Sorahan on his way to Arkansas
The following article was updated and posted for the fans from the University of Arkansas who are interest in learning about their new quarterback and for anyone who missed the article the first time around.
Foothill College freshman quarterback Ryan Sorahan will forego his sophomore season at Foothill and move on to the University of Arkansas. This came as a surprise to us since Ryan had verbally confirmed that he was going to walk on at Louisiana State to play for the Tigers.
The 6-4, 215-pound Sorahan was among California's top JC passers in 2000, completing 184 of 353 passes for 2,584 yards and 25 touchdowns.
He was a prep standout at Los Gatos High School in the San Jose/Silicon Valley area of Northern California. He received numerous accolades in high school from publications and associations up and down the west coast. He was recruited by Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Cal, Wisconsin, and USC. He signed with the California Golden Bears at the same time as current starter Kyle Boller of Hart High School. After a short time, Sorahan departed Berkeley and signed on with San Jose State, another university that courted him out of high school located right in his back yard. He spent the Spring with the Spartans but decided to leave SJSU as well. Although he was tentatively slated to be the starter the following Fall, he didn't feel comfortable with the program.
When he chose to attend a junior college, Foothill was the only school he considered. His high school coach was close with Foothill head coach Marshall Sperbeck. Sperbeck had just finished coaching University of Minnesota bound quarterback Travis Cole. The Owls' passing-oriented offense gave Cole an opportunity to showcase his talents and the same opportunity presented itself to Sorahan.
I had the pleasure of meeting Ryan last Summer when he first arrived at Foothill after leaving San Jose State. He knew next to nothing about California community college football and had no way of knowing what was in store for him at Foothill. Several months later the team was winding down an 8-3 season with a big win over Shasta in the Silicon Valley Bowl in which Sorahan passed for a record 414 yards.
Despite his and the team's success, the phone didn't ring. Although his plan was to attend Foothill for one season and hopefully move on, nothing was in the works. Time passed as other JC quarterbacks were picked up by a number of universities. Ryan kept a positive attitude, took care of business in the classroom, and let the chips fall into place. He sent out films to a number of universities, including Arkansas. The Razorbacks were amazed that Sorahan was still available after watching his highlight film and they decided to offer him a scholarship. He will have three seasons of eligibility at Arkansas.
In the wake of Foothill receiver Grant Mattos signing with late with USC and defensive end Ryan Nelson signing with Boise State, Sorahan's late signing shows that at Foothill, the best things came to those who waited.
Best of luck to all of the Owl alums!