One of the best quarterbacks in the Class of 2015 plays his high school home games just 2 miles from Commonwealth Stadium.
Reese Ryan — a junior standout at Lexington Catholic — is considered a four-star prospect and the No. 8 quarterback in his class by Scout.com. The 6-foot-2 recruit already has scholarship offers from Louisville and Illinois, and there’s plenty of mutual interest between Ryan and the Kentucky coaching staff.
Ryan attended a football camp at UK earlier this summer, and he says he stays in regular contact with offensive coordinator Neal Brown.
“They’ve been contacting me a lot,” he told the Herald-Leader. “He’s told me that their offense really goes with our offense and that I would be a good fit for their quarterback style. … I’m definitely going to go for a game this year.”
UK has already offered two quarterbacks in the Class of 2015 — Caldwell County’s Elijah Sindelar and Texas QB Jarrett Stidham, who was born in Kentucky and still has family here. Both of those players are also ranked among Scout.com’s top 10 quarterbacks for 2015.
But the UK staff is clearly interested in Ryan, and an offer could come in the future.
Ryan said there’s plenty of interest on his end too.
“Yes, of course,” he said. “That coaching staff is a great coaching staff. And I’ve always been a Kentucky fan.”
“I love Louisville too,” he said.
Ryan is planning to be in Louisville for today’s game against Eastern Kentucky. He’s also camped with the Cardinals, but this will be his first unofficial visit to the school for an actual game.
His former Lexington Catholic teammate Kyle Bolin is a freshman quarterback at U of L. Ryan stepped into the starting role midway through last season after Bolin went down with an injury.
“Kyle taught me a lot,” Ryan said. “He just told me to always keep my head in it. Always stay focused and always stay humble.”
Ryan completed 20 of 29 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns in Friday night’s victory over Lafayette. In three games this season, Ryan is 55-for-90 for 733 yards and nine touchdowns.
Lexington Catholic will play at Bryan Station next Friday at 7:30 p.m.