Friday, December 17, 2010


Ryan Shazier
PLANTATION, Fla. — Plantation (FL) High School star linebacker Ryan Shazier, who committed to the University of Florida prior to the 2010 season, announced on Friday that he will not be playing his collegiate football next fall for the Gators.

The 6-2, 210-pound prospect visited both Ohio State and LSU in the past week and will decide between the two schools for his services, perhaps as early as tonight.

The speedy linebacker/defensive end has offers from nearly every major football program in the country, including heavyweights like Ohio State, LSU, Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma, USC and Florida State, just to name a few.

Shazier was a huge pickup for Florida this past summer, but after head coach Urban Meyer resigned last week, the athletic defender decided to check out some other schools before choosing to move forward with the Gators.

After visiting Ohio State and LSU, as well as meeting with new Florida head coach Will Muschamp, Shazier decided the Gators were no longer on his list.

"Other places just felt better," Shazier told the Gainesville Sun on Friday.

Shazier, an Under Armour All-American, is also high school teammates with class of 2011 and Ohio State commit, safety Jeremy Cash.

Cash will enroll at OSU next month. Shazier plans to enroll early as well.