March 9, 2010

Ole Miss lands stop on Shazier's summer tour

At one point, Ryan Shazier intended to make a college decision prior to the start of his senior season.

That plan is changing, primarily due to the volume of offers the weak-side defensive end from Plantation, Fla., is receiving. Shazier has offers from the SEC, ACC, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-10, and he's putting together a plan to see as many prospective suitors as possible this summer.

There's a real chance Ole Miss will be a destination on Shazier's summer tour.

"They like my size and my speed and they want me to come up," Shazier said of Ole Miss, which offered him earlier in the process. "They think I can help their team.

"I don't know much about their team. I've heard they have really nice facilities. I'm going to try to go up there this summer. I'm going to check out a lot of schools."

Shazier's high school coach, former Ole Miss quarterback Steve Davis, has answered some of Shazier's questions about the Rebels and Oxford.

"He said it's a great college town where the city really likes the team," Shazier said. "He said he liked it."

Shazier, a 6-foot-3, 205-pounder with 4.56-second speed in the 40-yard dash, likely projects as an outside linebacker at the collegiate level. He has already picked up offers from Baylor, Connecticut, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Central Florida, UCLA, Wisconsin and others.

"It's good, but it's kind of hard because it's going to be hard telling a bunch of people that I don't want to go to their school," Shazier said, adding that he has no favorite or list of favorites at this point. "You get all the attention but you can only go to one place."

As for a timetable for a decision, Shazier said he'll revisit that topic following his summer travels.

"Now that I think about it, I think I might wait until signing day," Shazier said. "My dad and I talked it over and I don't know yet."

Shazier recorded 87 tackles, 19 sacks and two fumble recoveries as a junior.

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