Lexington Catholic quarterback Reese Ryan admitted he was "feeling a lot of stress" the last few weeks with national football signing day (Feb. 4) quickly approaching.
He was undecided on his college choice, weighing scholarship offers from Akron, Eastern Kentucky, Illinois and Murray State. Then came another offer, this one from Western Kentucky, last week.
WKU coaches told Ryan to think it about it and talk it over with his parents and coaches, and they'd get back in touch this week.
When WKU offensive coordinator Tyson Helton called Ryan on Monday evening to get his answer, Ryan told him, yes, he wanted to join the Hilltoppers. WKU Coach Jeff Brohm then got on the phone to welcome his newest commit.
"It feels great to get this off my back," Ryan said. "Western looks like a great fit for me with the offense they run. Coach Brohm is a great guy. I camped there (last summer) and he taught me a lot."
Lexington Catholic Coach Mark Perry said WKU did just what they said they would do in recruiting Ryan over the past year. "They established a steady relationship with Reese, and once they decided they were going to take a quarterback this year, they made the offer."
After taking over as Lexington Catholic's starter midway through his sophomore season, Ryan led the Knights to three consecutive 4A semifinals. He passed for 8,873 yards and 89 TDs in his career. He also ran for 745 yards and three TDs.
WKU went 8-5 in Brohm's first season as coach, including a victory in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. Hilltoppers quarterback Brandon Doughty led the nation in passing with 4,830 yards and 49 touchdowns. Doughty will be back at WKU next season, so Ryan expects to redshirt.
"That'll be great," Ryan said. "It'll give me a year to learn the offense."
Ryan joins Lafayette receiver Lucky Jackson and linebacker DeVon Quincy in this WKU recruiting class.
The 6-foot-3 Ryan also starts on Lexington Catholic's basketball team, which is rated No. 16 in the state.