6'3 205-pound outside linebacker Ryan Shazier checks in from Plantation (FL) and is still currently…
Tigers In Mix For Shazier
Ryan Shazier has become a hot commodity among college coaches since the surprising retirement announcement by Florida head coach Urban Meyer. The Plantation (FLA) linebacker committed to the Gators last summer, but is now looking at all options. "I visited with LSU at the school today, and they will be coming to my house tonight to meet with my parents," Shazier reported Thursday afternoon. "Things are really getting crazy for me, and I have a short window to make my decision. I'm going to LSU tomorrow, and I will be there all weekend." "I will be coming home on Sunday, and that night Jim Tressel and Ohio State will making a home visit with my parents," he added. "I will have North Carolina at my house next Monday, and then LSU will be back on Tuesday night. Next Wednesday, I leave for Ohio State for my official visit with them." With all these schools now in the mix for Shazier, where does that leave Florida? Are they still an option for Shazier? "Florida is a place I've seen a lot, so I canceled my official visit there for this weekend," he stated. "I've talked to a couple Florida coaches about what I'm doing, so they're aware of what's going on. I'm still committed to Florida, but I'm looking at all my options." Shazier, 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, admitted the Meyer announcement was very upsetting, both to himself and his parents. "My parents were upset by Coach Meyer's decision, and they told me they support me going wherever is best for me," Shazier insisted. "If I have to go to a far-away state, they have to understand why it could happen. They were a big part of my decision to choose Florida, but now things are different. I know Florida will get a great coach, but will I have the relationship with the new staff that I have with the current staff? Shazier discussed why these new schools are suddenly in the picture, and what he likes about all three. "North Carolina is a program I've liked for a long time, but I am worried about what's gone on with the NCAA," he explained. "Ohio State's coaches have been great to talk to, and I think a lot of Coach (Paul) Haynes and Coach (Luke) Fickell. I feel close to both of them." "LSU was at the school today, and I asked them if I could still visit them this weekend," he continued. "Even though it was short notice, they said that would be no problem at all, and I appreciated that. Coach (Billy) Gonzalez is a great guy, and we have a great relationship. I also know Patrick Peterson, and he promised to show me around and introduce me to all the players." Although Shazier still intends to enroll early, in January, he knows the clock is ticking for him to make this happen. "Things have to happen fairly quickly, but once I get back from the Ohio State visit, I should have close to two weeks to decide," he stressed. "All these schools have my transcript, and they've all told me things are fine for me to still enroll early. I know everything is going to work out, because these are all great schools." Scout.com will continue to monitor Shazier's recruitment, and will have details on each official visit.
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