When Ryan Brewer finished his playing days at Troy High School, people
in this Miami County town were left in disbelief. How could a kid they
have seen dominate games not get the chance to play at Ohio
State. When colleges recruit young men they look for 40 times, and
size. While Ryan could run his size held many top programs from recruiting
him. But the one thing college football coaches can't measure is
Ryan Brewer had more heart than most kids who are playing major DI
football. The problem was it looked like the only schools who would
give Ryan a chance to play football were in the MAC. While
good football is played in the MAC, Ryan wanted to play in a big time program
and conference. What Ryan didn't know was during this time a Ohio native
was taking over a program left for dead and needed a big name player in his
first recruiting class.
Lou Holtz knows how to win football games. He also knows how to work
the press and get fans going crazy. Lou also knows about Ohio High
School Football and saw a great chance in getting Ohio's Mr. Football in his
first class. By chance the coach and player were able to find each other
and the rest is Ohio and Gamecocks history.
Ryan Brewer found his big-time college program and Coach Holtz found the
big name recruit his program needed. In getting Ryan Brewer South Carolina
signed the Mr. Footballs in South Carolina and Ohio. People in South
Carolina didn't know what was going on in Ohio with Ryan, they just
knew they got a Mr. Football from a state that produces tons of talent year in
and year out. And Coach Holtz sold the fans on how great Ryan Brewer was
going to be.
In the end Ryan and his fans had the last laugh on Ohio State. In fact
you could say that Ryan had a giant part in the Coach who didn't
recruit him, losing his job as head coach of the Buckeyes. At this
time Ryan has finished his playing days at South Carolina, he is now
looking to prove the experts wrong again. The one player Gamecock fans
learned to love and respect is moving on to the NFL. While not getting
picked in the NFL Draft, the Ravens saw enough in Ryan to sign him to a
Ryan finished his career at South Carolina with 107 receptions for 1,136
yards and 5 touchdowns, he also gained 569 yards and scored 5 touchdonws on 124
rushes. In his senior season Ryan led the Gamecocks in receptions, punt
returns and kickoff returns.
OhioPrepScene wishes Ryan the best in his quest with the Ravens. The
one thing we know is no one will have more heart on the Ravens roster.