While he’s been 6-foot-5 since he was a sophomore in high school, he wasn’t always the efficient passer we know today. Ryan, during an appearance this week on 680 The Fan’s The Front Row, said being an option QB wasn’t by choice, but simply the offense William Penn Charter School ran during his prep days.
Ryan discussed numerous topics for more than 20 minutes during his appearance, but when the conversation turned to high school and college football, the Falcons’ two-time Pro Bowler revealed his early training in scheme diversity.
“We were like six or eight pass attempts a game and just run the option,” Ryan said. “I didn’t really know any better. You just do it and you go out there and play. I knew that when we did throw it, we were pretty effective.”
As a senior, Ryan threw for over 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns. His ability in passing situations showed and his size drew a lot of interest from colleges, including scholarship offers as a junior. Ryan and his father took a two-week road trip visiting potential schools before making his final decision.
“I visited schools, worked out a little bit,” Ryan said. “Boston College ended up being the right spot.”
By the end of Ryan’s sophomore season at Boston College, his running days were clearly behind him. He became the starter in the last half of the season and was on his way to becoming the Matt Ryan we know today.