Ryan Shazier is a prospect that began to blow up a few months ago after an early combine in south Florida. Shazier, from Plantation High School, ran a 4.43, broad jumped 10-4, vertical jumped 38 inches and had a shuttle time of 4.4. Why are those numbers so impressive? He's a 6-2.5 and 209 pound outside linebacker prospect.
Last season as a junior, despite missing two games due to injury Shazier still recorded 87 tackles, 19.5 sacks, and 28 tackles for a loss.
"I have a good speed rush and good hands to get rid of blockers," Shazier said. "I am a sure tackler. Most teams like me as an outside linebacker or rush end on third downs."
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According to Shazier he currently has 24 scholarship offers. The latest one came in earlier today from LSU.
"I really like them a lot and they have a young linebacking corp. I heard they have some very nice facilities. I talked with them today and they are a school that I will definitely check out."
So far Shazier has made several spring visits but he has remained in-state.
"Yeah, I have just been working out and visiting schools right now. I have seen USF, Florida State, Florida, and UCF. I have been to Miami plenty of times. They were all good trips. Florida and Florida State were the best out of the trips. Both of them have what I want to major in, both have good coaching and great facilities. The players are cool and collect and I like social environment at both schools.
"I will make the rest of the trips over the summer. I want to see Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State."
Does Shazier have a school or two out in the lead at this point or is he taking the more open approach?
"I want to see it everyone and then narrow it down to a manageable number. Academics are going to be big for me. Coaching stability, liking the area, social life and playing time are all important to me. I want to make my decision during the summer or season. I want to get it done before the playoffs."