Ryan Nolan Being Patient With Recruiting

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Ryan Nolan
Offensive Line, Class of 2022
Deep Creek High School, Chesapeake, VA
6-4, 310

At this point in the year, Deep Creek (Va.) 2022 three-star offensive lineman Ryan Nolan thought he’d be a few games into his junior season. He thought he’d have plenty of highlight film to send to college coaches in the hopes of getting scholarship offers.

But with the decision last month by the Virginia High School League to postpone all fall sports until the spring, Nolan said he’s just grateful to get some work in. Classes resumed this week for Nolan, and on Tuesday his high school team held its first full practice since the COVID-19 pandemic. The offers have still come in, but the on-field delays have delayed any movement on the recruiting front, too.

“I’m just staying in shape, working out by myself, my trainers, different coaches,” he said. “It’s tough to keep motivated throughout all this. It’s just hard to get used to, slowly but surely.”

Nolan now counts eight offers, from Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Michigan St, East Carolina, Old Dominion and West Virginia. Though he’s yet to take any college visits, Nolan said he knows what qualities his ideal next home will have.

“It’s a little bit of everything that I look for,” he said. “Some offenses, I’m not comfortable in. I prefer more spread offense. But location of the college itself, that effects my decision, too. I don’t know if I want to go far from home, but I’ll do it if I have to.”

The Hokies offered Nolan in June, but his familiarity with his primary recruiting coach extends back further.

“They have a great system,” Nolan said. “I know one of the coaches, Coach (Darryl) Tapp, he grew up in the same neighborhood as me. So, he knows my dad, my family. I’ve never been to the campus, though, so I don’t know a lot. I haven’t done much research yet about any college, actually. I’m just taking it slow.”

Nolan said he and Tapp have spoken often. Because of Tapp, he’s been able to get an idea of what to expect at Virginia Tech.

“I think he’s a great guy,” Nolan said. “He’s a good coach, I know that. I feel like