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Standing a legitimate 6’4.5″ 190lbs (height/weight confirmed from my showcase), Naperville North’s 2018 WR Ryan Laurenzo has 0 offers, but has the ideal size for an outside collegiate receiver. We discussed his offseason 7on7 work, FCS/FBS schools he’s been in touch with and his busy camp schedule.
Commitment status: Undecided
Wt: 190 lbs
LPI: What are you going to do to take your game to the next level this offseason? Are you playing 7on7 or are you playing any other sports?
RL: This off-season I’ve really been focusing on gaining as much weight as possible while maintaining speed and quickness. I’ve been hitting the weights hard along with training on the field to run routes multiple times a week. I’ve been really training my legs to enhance my explosiveness and my forearms for grip strength. I don’t play any spring sports but I played on the Varsity Basketball team in the winter and now I play 7on7 with my Naperville North team in a league at Westmont Yard where we’re doing very well.
LPI: You currently don’t have any offers, but I believe you have what it takes to play at the next level. What skill set can you bring to the table for a college football program?
RL: I believe my versatility will be very good for a program. At 6’5 with decent speed and great body control, I can line up as a tight end or an outside receiver. I also believe my frame and athleticism combines very well with my hands which makes me a big threat. I have no problem going up for a ball with aggression, I love jump balls. I also believe I’m a great route runner which will be great for deflecting defenders and getting open. I understand my role of having to be a blocker in many situations and I believe I excel in that area. I’m also a very self-less player who will represent a program with integrity and respect.
LPI: Which schools have shown serious interest in you?
RL: D1 schools such as Southern Illinois, Iowa State, Lehigh, and Western Illinois have been in contact and Illinois State, Central Michigan, Wyoming, Purdue, and Western Michigan have shown interest. Multiple Ivy League schools have contacted me as well. A couple of D2 schools such as Concordia St. Paul, St. Cloud State, and Ashland University have also shown interest.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any planned visits or camps/showcases set?
RL: So far, I have visited Purdue and Butler. I plan to attend many camps this summer, the camps I have signed up for thus far are Lindenwood June 2nd, North Central June 6th & 7th, Elmhurst June 13th, and NIU June 24th. I may be attending Illinois State’s and North Dakota State’s individual camp as well.
LPI: On or off the field, how do you demonstrate leadership or go the extra mile for your teammates?
RL: I believe my character off the field carries over to my leadership skills as a player. I’m more of a leader by example, I do my best to make the best decisions off the field because I know it’ll pay off come football season. I try to hold both myself and my teammates accountable and really challenge them to make the right decisions because it builds character and makes our team more vulnerable to success on the field. I’d do anything for my teammates and they’d do anything for me, that’s the brotherhood we’ve developed.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates or training partners that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?
Drake Davis: Drake recently transferred from a smaller 1A school in Illinois. After running routes with him and playing 7on7 with him I can honestly say this kid is special. He is overlooked due to his size but there is no doubt in my mind Drake is as talented as some of the best quarterbacks in the nation. His football IQ and throwing arm is unmatched and he is just a natural playmaker. I’m excited to see what the future holds for him in terms of football and I think his recruiting will blow up soon enough.
Keith Macgregor: Keith is someone who dealt with many injuries his junior year so he wasn’t able to have the impact he wanted on the field. At 6’2 210lbs Keith will be very effective at any position he plays whether it’s outside linebacker, or tight end. If Keith stays healthy, I truly believe he will have a breakout season and start attracting more college coaches.