By LARRY VAUGHT
New Lexington Catholic coach Mark Perry knew he was getting a good quarterback in Reese Ryan. However, Perry readily admits he didn’t realize how special Ryan would be.
“He is a really good player. What stands out to me and every college coach I’ve talked to about him is his football IQ. It’s one thing not only to talk about it or put it on the board, but to put it in action,” said Perry, a former backup quarterback at Kentucky who played behind Tim Couch. “He is a really neat kid. He throws the ball really well.”
The 6-2, 180-pound Ryan threw for 3,349 yards and 37 touchdowns with just nine interceptions last year for 10-4 Catholic while completing 64 percent of his passes. He has scholarship offers from Illinois, Akron and Louisville. Numerous other schools, including Kentucky, are expressing interest.
“He went to the UK camp and probably threw his best when he had to,” Perry said. “When he was in certain groups, he performed well. I was glad to see when the pressure was on, he did his best. I am really excited about Reese. UK has not offered, but he has several other offers and more will come. He is still traveling around for camps and letting teams see him.”
“He throws the ball very well. He’s accurate and has a nice arm strength. That’s what coach likes about him. He’s also a basketball kid. He’s deceivingly quick. He can pull it down and make plays with his feet, too. He’s handling the whole recruiting thing well, too.”
Perry thinks Ryan, who has been to 10 camps this summer, could be a productive quarterback in the Southeastern Conference.
“His arm strength is suitable and he throws a great ball,” Perry said. “He’s the smartest high school quarterback I have been around. He understands coverages and where to throw the ball. If he makes a mistake, he will correct it and it won’t happen again. That is a gift as a quarterback.
“Some quarterbacks look good and throw a good ball, but they do not comprehend and do what it takes to play the game. Reese is the guy opposite of that. He knows what you want and when you want it. He can play at a high level and college coaches certainly appear to like him, and I think they should.”