North Mecklenburg baseball prospect Ryder Ryan committed to UNC earlier this month. The Tar Heels beat out South Carolina and NC State for the No. 14 prospect according to Maxpreps.comUNC came on strong late, said Sean Ryan, Ryders father and high school coach. I think South Carolina and NC State were in the front running there for a while and then after doing our homework and studying more. ... We both felt that for his future and the next level that was going to be best for him.Ryan expects to play third base and pitcher for the Tar Heels, though he also can play behind the plate. He considered Clemson and Georgia in addition to USC and NC State.It was a really hard decision, Ryder said. I just loved how they do things. I just loved the coach they teach well the facilities, the field. I just loved the feeling I got there.The family had been visiting schools for 18 months, and Ryan said he was happy the process was over.You dont know how much I feel better, Ryder said. That was really big on my chest. I really wanted to get it out of the way and just play ball.Earlier this summer, Ryan competed in USA Baseballs Tournament of Stars as one of 144 invitees considered for the USA U18 National team. In August, he will head to Syracuse, N.Y., to take part in the East Coast Pro Showcase after being invited by the Blue Jays. Hundreds of pro scouts are expected at the event, which has helped a number of former all-stars and top draft picks receive attention from pro team.In an important summer for his future, Ryan worked to get his college decision out of the way as soon as possible. He gave himself a deadline of announcing his intentions before his summer team, the South Charlotte Panthers began a tournament in East Cobb, Georgia. His father has already noticed his sons relief.I can tell in his voice that hes very relieved, Sean said, Its a lot of pressure off him that he doesnt have to worry about performing for the college scouts.But now Ryan is dealing with another set of scouts. He said hes been contacted by a handful of MLB teams, including the Toronto, San Francisco and St. Louis. He says he hasnt decided if hed go pro if he was drafted next year. Hed like to go to college but is also excited about the potential of fulfilling his childhood dream of playing professionally. We focused on the school thing and now whats left is the draft, Sean said. Hopefully he plays well at the right time and he gets drafted, but well cross that bridge when we get to it.
Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013
North Mecklenburg baseball prospect Ryder Ryan going to UNC
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