December 12, 2008

Oklahoma junior looking around

Oklahoma City (OK) defensive tackle Ryland Widener tries to model his game after former LSU big man Glen Dorsey. And why not? Dorsey was an All-American tackle and was eventually drafted 5th overall. Now, the question is where will the junior start his journey to the top?

"I have been receiving letters from almost every school in the Big 12 along with Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, LSU, and Purdue," Widener said.

The 6-foot-2, 300 lb., lineman has already made two unofficial visits to Alabama and Kentucky. He said that he does not have any favorites, but he is looking closely at the schools that have been sending him letters from the beginning.

"Missouri has been sending me letters my last season and this season so that's good," he said. "Iowa State was probably the first one to send me stuff. Them and K-State."

Currently, Widener is looking to cut some weight in order to have a quicker 40-time. When looking at potential colleges, the tackle said he was waiting for offers, but he is looking for a school where he can make an instant impact.

"Depth chart is really important for me," he said. "I want to be able to get in there and make a difference as soon as I can."

Widener said that he does not mind moving out of the state to play football, but he does want to stay in the general area. He expects to receive an offer from Iowa State soon because they have been pursuing him the longest, but he is interested in what Mizzou has to offer. Especially, the potential to bring recognition to a team that is known for their offense.

"That is one of the main reasons why I am looking at Missouri," the junior said. "They have been known as an offensive team, and it would be good to get the defense some recognition."

One thing is for sure, the tackle has been keeping up with the Tigers progress and noted their potential pickup of five-star defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

"I know they have one of the No. 1 recruits coming in there," Widener said. "You know Sheldon Richardson, so they are getting some big guys."

Although it would mean increased competition for Widener, the junior said it would also be a good experience to play with a guy like Richardson.

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