Shuman Sets Visits

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Fork Union Prep star Ryan Shuman has set up all five of his official visits, and his first one will be this weekend. Shuman will travel to Blacksburg for an official visit to Virginia Tech.

“I’ve got Virginia Tech this weekend, Toledo next weekend, Western Michigan on January 3rd, William and Mary on January 10th, and Virginia on January 17th,” Shuman said. “All of them have offered except for Virginia. They’ve recruited me a little harder, but not too much.”

Virginia Tech’s main recruiter for Shuman is Jim Cavanaugh, who visited Fork Union this week to set up the details for the visit. Ryan leaves tomorrow and will return on Sunday.

In previous updates, Shuman named Virginia Tech as his leader. Nothing appears to have changed since then.

“Virginia Tech is the favorite,” Shuman said. He is being recruited to play center for the Hokies. “I know a couple of guys who go there. I like [offensive tackle] Jimmy Martin a lot. They also have a good football program…they are always winning and going to bowl games. I guess I’ll see about the rest of it this weekend.”

At this point, Shuman plans on making all five official visits, however admits there is a possibility he decides earlier. He may even decide after this weekend.

“Hey, if I like it, there’s a chance I may just throw my hat in there right then,” Shuman said. “I’m going to see how it goes. If I like it, I like it, but if I don’t, I don’t. We’ll see.”

A good student, Shuman has already qualified academically. He hopes to major in Business or Economics in college.

On the gridiron, he played center and defensive end for a Prep squad that went 4-6 on the year. He played one game for the Post-Grad squad, playing linebacker (had two tackles) and tight end in the 27-0 win over Allen University in the season finale.

“I think I played pretty well this year,” Shuman said. “I played all right. The big improvement this year was that I was bigger. I was only 215 my junior year, but I got up to 250 or so this year. I got bigger and got in a lot better shape.”

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