April 2, 2010

Ryles sees stock soar

Few college football prospects have seen their stock rise as quick as Orlando defensive back Roderick Ryles has this off-season. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Ryles had his praises sung after a big day at the BadgerSports Elite 7-on-7 tournament on the campus at South Florida in March.

Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barton Simmons was impressed with Ryles after the event, writing, "Playing between highly recruited safeties, Karlos Williams and Hasean Clinton-Dix, Ryles looked the most athletic of the three. There were a couple of times when he let receivers get behind him but he is extremely explosive out of his backpedal coming downhill. He coupled that explosiveness with good instincts to make some great breaks on the football and landed a few of the more impressive interceptions of the weekend. With his size and upside, Ryles is a safety prospect ready to blow up."

"At the 7-on-7 tournament I think I did pretty good," Ryles said. "After those new stories on me I have five new recruiters talking to me. My offers should be coming in during the spring time. Everything is going really well."

Last season The Dr. Phillips High School safety 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.

Colorado State is Ryles only scholarship offer right now and he said the fact there are four Dr. Phillips graduates in the fold for the Rams does interest him. He added that he is planning on a visit to Fort Collins.

"They are coming and trying to get me to come up there," Ryles said. "I talk to Nico and he tells me the whole secondary should be pretty good... I'd rather stay in Florida, but I would go to Colorado State. We've played with each other for a couple years already. The chemistry would be already there."

Central Florida, Illinois and others talking to the Dr. Phillips safety. Ryles said he plans to attend a Junior Day at Central Florida.

"They (UCF) are close to home," Ryles said. "They really like me. They said I could play my freshman year and I like that. I am looking forward to upping my game and seeing what the offers come my way."

Ryles added that he grew up a Florida fan and plans to wait until after his senior year of football to decide on a school.

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