The Boston College Eagles have secured their quarterback of the future.
"Matt committed to Boston College this weekend," said Philadelphia (Pa.) William Penn Charter Head Coach Brian McCloskey of his quarterback Matt Ryan. "His father called Boston College Saturday morning and talked to Tom O'Brien. It was close between BC and Iowa, but in the end I think he just felt more comfortable at BC and it's a great opportunity for him."
Ryan, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound gunslinger who threw for 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, had offers from BC, Iowa, Purdue, Georgia Tech and a few others.
Ryan camped at Boston College as well as at Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, Purdue and Georgia Tech. Once expected to receive most of his offers during his senior year, Ryan impressed everyone this summer.
"I was telling Matty all these things he needs to work on this spring and summer so he could prepare to impress college coaches during his senior year," laughed McCloskey. "Then he goes out and has all these great camps and earns great offers. He was looking at me like I was crazy because I told him how much work he needed. He still has some work to do on his upper body strength and a little bit on his footwork, but he has the size, arm strength and all the ability needed to be a terrific Division One quarterback."
McCloskey should know. Although William Penn Charter, a small private school, produces only one Division One recruit every five years or so, they did okay with their last quarterback recruit.
"Our last recruit was Wisconsin quarterback Mike Samuel who was a three-year starter and led them to a Rose Bowl win," said McCloskey. "Matty has the same type of potential."
Ryan runs a 4.9-second 40-yard dash and could play some free safety for William Penn Charter this upcoming season.