Easy Catcher

National Recruiting Editor
Posted May 30, 2007
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director TheInsiders.com and SuperPrep.com


Although Ryan Deehan says that distance won't be a factor, he admits it's a plus. "I like that UCLA is close and it would be easy for my family to come to see me play," Deehan said. "They have a decent team and I think I'd be able to play early there too. I like the whole program overall and I think they are still getting better..."

Ryan Deehan, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end, from Poway (Calif.), finished his junior season with 61 receptions for 830 yards and five touchdowns. He benches 295 pounds and squats 370.

"I think I have soft hands and catching is easy for me," Deehan said. "I'm a fluid runner and it's hard for guys to tackle me, but I want to work on running through guys who go low. I need to improve my footwork and blocking too."

Deehan has scholarship offers from San Diego State, California, Colorado, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Oregon, UCLA, Boise State and Maryland, and says he denies a leader. "I haven't really been looking into anything yet, so it's hard to say I have any favorites."

Despite denying a leader, Deehan plans on attending summer camps at Arizona State on June 2, UCLA on June 9 and USC on June 23. The Trojans haven't offered Deehan and he admits that he "hasn't heard much" from them.

"I want a good academic school that also plays good football," he said. "I also want to fit in socially and make sure I'll have a good time. I want to take my visits and really get to know everything I can about these schools."

Although Deehan says that distance won't be a factor, he admits it's a plus. "I like that UCLA is close and it would be easy for my family to come to see me play," Deehan said. "They have a decent team and I think I'd be able to play early there too. I like the whole program overall and I think they are still getting better.

"I don't really know much about Oregon, except for the fact that they are always a top team in the Pac-10.

"Arizona State has great tradition at sending tight ends in the NFL," he said. "They always produce great players and I think they'll be a top team in the Pac-10."

Deehan says he never followed college football growing up, so he has no favorites, and always preferred the NFL.

He reports a 2.8 core GPA and a two-part 980 SAT, which he is retaking on June 2.



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