South Fayette kicker chooses to stay in PA for college, commits to Temple @RyanCoe34
Written by: Billy Splain on Thursday, September 27th, 2018
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For the last several years Pennsylvania has been sort of gifted in the kicking department. There have been quite a few kickers who have gone on to division 1 schools. This year is no different, and South Fayette has such a talent. Ryan Coe has been among the leaders in the state since last year, and several teams have noticed. Delaware, Notre Dame College and Temple all extended offers, but it was Temple that Ryan chose, announcing so on September 10 on Twitter:
We caught up with the South Fayette senior and asked him about his decision:
WPA: why did you choose Temple?
Ryan: I picked Temple because of the family feel I got from the coaches and players, they made me feel like they really wanted me Other factors were the city campus setting, the fact that it’s close to my friends and family in central PA, and I really believe I will have a chance to play as a freshman.
WPA: who was your biggest influence at Temple, who recruited you?
Ryan: Coach Dimichele recruited me, he ’s a WPIAL guy from Sto-Rox and we became close through the whole process. Coach Foley and coach Collins were also heavily involved, I spoke with them both many times. I’m also good friends with a current player Travis Malinowski so that helped my decision.
WPA: what do your parents think of your decision?
Ryan: My parents were very involved in assisting me through the whole recruiting process and are happy with my choice. They allowed me to make my own decisions but stressed while football was important I needed to pick a school I wanted to attend even if I didn’t play. Of course since they are both Pitt grads there’s still a part of them that hoped I’d be a Panther.
WPA: what are they getting in player like you?
Ryan: Temple is getting a player that works every day to get better and is ready to compete day 1. I’ve kicked with almost every top ranked kid in the country, I believe they are getting the strongest leg in the 2019 class.
WPA: what position will you play?
Ryan: I will be a kicker first and will have an opportunity to punt. Most D1 schools don’t want a kid to be the primary kicker and punter but my ability to serve as a back up punter definitely helped get schools interested. I had several D1’s recruit me as a punter over a kicker.
WPA: why commit early?
Ryan: I committed because I felt Temple was offering everything I was looking for in a school. Coach Rossi advised me early in the process that I should know what I’m looking for and not be afraid to commit when I got it. I didn’t want to lose a good opportunity because something else might come along.
WPA: what was the recruiting process like for you?
Ryan: The recruiting process was fun but also frustrating. I traveled all over the country to camps, practices, campus visits, and game visits. Unfortunately I’ve had numerous coaches tell me things that proved to be not true. My father says I’ve gotten to learn a lot of things from this process that will help me later in life.
WPA: Do you know what you’d like to study?
Ryan: I’m leaning towards a Sports Management major but I’m still not 100% sure. Temple offers so many programs, I may not make a decision until I’ve gone through a few semesters.
WPA: What do you think is the most exciting thing about Temple University?
Ryan: The overall feel at Temple is awesome. The team has a DJ play at all their practices and their players got at it hard all the time. There are so many things to do in Philadelphia, I can’t wait to get there.
WPA: How will this affect your play for your senior season?
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