Quality Over Quantity

Quality Over Quantity

Staples High School offensive lineman Ryan Sedlacek may not have a laundry list of schools contacting him, but the phrase quality over quantity certainly comes to mind when you're being recruited by schools like Penn State, Iowa and Tennessee.

Ryan Sedlacek, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive tackle from Westport, Conn., is currently being recruited by Boston College, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Notre Dame, Penn State and Tennessee and spent the past two weekends checking out some of his potential suitors with trips to junior day events.

"I attended Penn State and Iowa for junior days two weekends ago," Sedlacek said. "I don't know how my mom did it, but she somehow managed to get us from Happy Valley to Iowa in only two flights. Then this past weekend we went down to Tennessee for spring practices."

Penn State - "I loved it at Penn State and got to talk to Coach Brian Norwood for a very long time as he sat down and had lunch with my father and I. I also got to talk to Coach Joe Paterno and he was just awesome. It was amazing talking to him and everyone just calls him "Joe" which I thought was so different. I loved the campus there, it was just absolutely beautiful and the entire visit was great. I'd rate it a 9.5 out of 10."

Iowa - "There was a fairly large amount of kids at Iowa's junior day and the pace of the practice was really impressive as they were getting after it. I got to sit in on an offensive line meeting which I really enjoyed and Coach (Ken) O'Keefe seems like a really nice guy. I think he is actually from Connecticut and they invited me back for camp, so I think I'll be attending that. I really loved Iowa's campus too and the weight room was very nice. I'd rate that visit an 8.5 out of 10."

Tennessee - "I went there this past weekend to check out their spring game and the people were really, really nice down there. They had 17,000 people at their spring game and I think my mom and I were the only two people not wearing orange and white. I've never seen so much orange! They played Rocky Top all day and I got to pat Smokey the dog on the head. The coaches I met were really nice guys and they invited me back for camp. As I wasn't able to check out the facilities and a lot of other things I can't give you a rating on that visit."

Sedlacek's travels aren't over quite yet as he's heading to Princeton, his father's alma mater, this weekend and then has plans to be in Gainesville for Florida's spring game the following weekend. During his junior season, his first as a varsity starter, Sedlacek was named first team All-State, All-Area and All-Conference.

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