Despite a 2-4 start, Fork Union Prep star Ryan Shuman is confident his team can make a run at a state title. With a close 19-17 victory over St. Christopher’s in their last game, he feels the momentum starting to come on their side.
“We’re starting to come together,” said Shuman. “Our running backs are starting to get in sync with our blocking and we’re doing well. If we can keep it rolling, we have a chance to get that last playoff slot. If we make it into the playoffs, we’re confident we can run the table.”
Shuman anchors both the offensive and defensive lines for Fork Union. On offense, the 6-3, 260 pound Shuman plays center. On defense, he plays defensive end.
Following a successful summer when he earned four scholarship offers, Shuman feels like he is playing well his senior season.
“I’ve been coming off the ball well on defense,” said Shuman, who has scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Toledo, Western Michigan, and Central Michigan. “I finally figured out this year how to play along the defensive line. I’m taking on blockers, using my hands more, and making plays. On offense, my blocking is starting to come together. I’ve been playing pretty well.”
In recruiting, Shuman will make official visits to at least two schools. One of those programs is his current favorite.
“I know I’m going to take an official visit to Virginia Tech and an official visit to Toledo,” said Shuman, who is being recruited by each program as a center. Coach Cavanaugh is his main recruiter for the Hokies. “Virginia Tech is my favorite. The coaches there are great…they are real cool. They don’t put any pressure on you and treat you like you are one of them. It’s a cool program to play football for.”
No dates have been set for Shuman’s official visits. Following his season, he may play for the Post-Graduate football team. He wants to concentrate on recruiting after his football season is over.
“I’m not trying to make too much of anything right now,” said Shuman. “After the season I’ll worry about that. I just want to play football. Everyone else around here is caught up in it though. When Virginia Tech came by earlier this week, everyone around here was constantly asking me if I was going to go there. I try to avoid the spotlight, so I was glad when they finally stopped.”