February 11, 2010

Dr. Phillips safety holds CSU offer

The Colorado State Rams plucked two defenders out of Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando for the Recruiting Class of 2010 and seem to have their eyes set on several for the Class of 2011, including Roderick Ryles. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Ryles holds an early scholarship offer from Colorado State and is drawing interest from Florida State and Florida Atlantic.

Last season Ryles had 84 tackles, seven interceptions, four passes broken up, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He also caught one pass for 19 yards. It was enough for the Orlando product to receive Second Team All-Conference honors. Ryles runs a 4.58 time in the 40-yard dash, a 235-pound bench press max along with a 400-pound squat.

"I know I want to go to a Division I school," Ryles said when asked what he is looking for in a college. "My family really likes Florida State. I am fine with moving out-of-state, but I may want to stay in-state. I just have to see."

The future Business Management major said if he decides to get out of the Sunshine State, Colorado State offers a nice place to land. He said he likes the fact the Rams are recruiting heavily out of Central Florida and said former Dr. Phillips High School teammates and current or future Rams are telling him positions are based on talent and work ethic and not year in school. Last season the Rams recruited Charles Favors, Marquis Hood and Marvin Ford to Fort Collins.

"They are encouraging me to come out there because we have all been out there together for a couple years," Ryles said. "They said to come out on a visit and everything is real good, real tight. Nico said they are not just trying to get seniors to play, but they look at your work ethic. If you go there and work hard, they will see that and let you play."

Should Ryles stay in Florida, he has been impressed by the Florida State program from its facilities to the way the team eats a pre-game meal. He said he is still waiting on a scholarship offer from the Seminoles.

"I liked the facilities and the projection that they are on. I just liked the way everything is set up there," he said.

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