The decision is in, and the whirlwind recruiting week for 5-star Sage Ryan is over.
On Saturday, Ryan revealed his college decision, committing to LSU over Alabama in a recruitment that played out until the final moments.
Ryan entered the week with just the Tide and Tigers on his mind, and all signs pointed to Alabama pulling off the unexpected and nabbing the versatile defensive back out of Lafayette. But the Tigers doubled down in recent days with a hard press to flip Ryan back into LSU’s corner, and the push paid off when he went public for the Tigers on Saturday.
As a junior at Lafayette Christian Academy a year ago, Ryan filled the box score on both sides of the ball. He finished the year with close to 1,000 yards rushing and receiving with 15 touchdowns. He is one of best return men in the country returning three punts for scores and three kickoffs for touchdowns. He picked off two passes and recovered a fumble on defense helping his team win a second-straight state title.
Ryan is ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 1 safety prospect, and he checks in on the 247Sports Composite as a five-star safety. He is the third safety to commit to the Tigers this cycle, joining Atlanta’s Khari Gee and Louisiana’s Matthew Langlois, who committed to the Tigers earlier this week.
Ranked as the nation’s No. 28 prospect regardless of position. 247Sports National Analyst Gabe Brooks compares the 5-foot-11, 193-pound Ryan draws comparison to Jabrill Peppers.
“Versatile, athletic football player with functional size that could translate to cornerback, safety, nickel, receiver, or even running back,” Brooks wrote in his evaluation. “Not overly tall, but possesses adequate height and encouraging bulk relative to position and age. Electric athlete with combine-verified athleticism (4.45 40, 4.37 shuttle, 36-inch vertical). Speed, explosiveness, and fluidity manifest on the field. Closes fast and arrives with a purpose. Could be an intriguing blitzing option. Changes direction well. Flashes impressive burst and acceleration, plus terrific top-end speed. Dangerous return game option. Shows promising football instincts and natural playmaking ability. Good football pedigree. Back-to-back state champion in sophomore and junior seasons, but will face a significant jump in competition going from Louisiana small private school level to high-major college ball. Occasionally a bit too physical and handsy in coverage. Can provide the big hit but sometimes sacrifices tackling technique to do so. One of Louisiana’s top 2021 prospects with position versatility and athleticism that translates all over the field. Possesses long-term early-round NFL Draft potential.”
Stay tuned to Geaux247 for more on Ryan’s decision to play for the Tigers.