James Monroe DB Aidan Ryan (Video Still by Andy Hilton/recruit757)
After Nike Regional, Aidan Ryan adds his first scholarship offer
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The Nike Opening Regional DC came just days before Aidan Ryan (2021 DB 6-0 175) landed his first college scholarship offer.
He had a great day at the camp. Little did he (or we) know that William and Mary would be the first to jump on board. He was fresh off of a visit to the University of Virginia and ready to talk about his recruitment.
“I’ve been to UVA. I’ve been to Penn State. I’ve been to Virginia Tech multiple times. I’m going to try to get to multiple camps this summer,” Ryan said. “I’m going to UVA. I’m going to East Carolina, North Carolina, South Carolina… pretty much all of the East Coast this summer.”
As a rising junior, Ryan is making a quick impression as a versatile defensive back who is expected to rise into a leadership role in the Yellow Jackets’ defensive.
“(The college coaches) like my size. They like who I am. They like my character. A bunch of schools have been coming up in the Spring Evaluation period,” he stated. “I think I’m good player. I’ll go up and get the ball. I’ll play wherever you need me to. I’ll get the job done.”
As a freshman, Aiden was a varsity starter. His team made a deep playoff run, making it to the Class 3 State Semifinal before losing to eventual state champion Hopewell. Ryan will come into a college football program as a battle tested athlete who’s had four years of high school varsity experience.
Aidan has lofty goals for himself as he looks toward the college ranks for his next challenge.
“(I’m about) becoming a great football player and also becoming a great man. Football doesn’t last forever, and I know being a great man will take me far,” Aidan explained. “(I want to go) somewhere I can get a great education; somewhere I can see myself at. I’m looking to stay pretty close, on the East Coast, but I’m willing to go anywhere.”
His William and Mary offer would allow him to stay close to home for college and for college football. Then again, as a rising junior, there are most certainly a lot of undiscovered opportunities that lay ahead of him.
– Andy Hilton