Cleveland’s St. Ignatius has long produced a plethora of Division 1 talent and the Class of 2009 will be no different. One such player, WR Connor Ryan, enjoyed heavy recruiting from several schools and recently chose Ball State as the school to continue his playing career.
“I chose Ball State because there is a good balance between academics and football’” Connor said of his decision. “I felt comfortable on the campus and I have a good connection with the coaches.”
Another factor that helped Ryan to pick the school the is located in Muncie, IN over other offers like Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Air Force and Harvard as well as interest from Virginia and Northwestern was the fact that three other kids from the Cleveland area will also be a part of that class – Amherst Steele RB/S Brandon Kish, Bowling Green QB Aaron Mershman and Walsh Jesuit DB Armand Dehaney.
“I have heard a lot about these players and I am looking forward to getting to know them and becoming their teammate at Ball State.”
Despite a tough loss in the first game of the season against fellow powerhouse Cleveland Glenville, Ryan still has lofty goals set for his final prep campaign.
“We have bounced back and we are now 4-1 (after the Glenville loss),” Ryan said. “I have three touchdowns in the past two games and I am averaging more than 20 yards a catch right now.
“My personal goals are to work hard and to help my team in any way that I can, so that we have a chance to become state champs. Our team goal is, without a question, to win a state championship. I want to be able to give out coaching staff their 10th state title.”
Stay tuned to BallStateInsider.com as we continue to follow Connor in his senior season at St. Ignatius.