Close to Fresno State Offer

Ryan Rau

Folsom (Calif.) LB Ryan Rau camped at Fresno State last weekend. Immediately following the Fresno State Skills Camp, he headed to Reno for his team camp. BarkBoard.com caught up with him Friday and he told us the Bulldogs are close to offering.

Ryan Rau (6-1, 210) was arguably the fastest LB at last weekend's Fresno State Skills Camp. Although he has not been timed in some time, Rau feels he has improved his speed.

"They can't time us but they could race," Rau said. "And I always finish just behind the 4.5 guys."

Rau has shows his stuff at every camp he attends. After the Fresno State Camp finished up Sunday Morning, he was on the road for his team camp at Nevada. It was there, Rau picked up the all-LB award for his performance. However, he says he learned more at the Fresno State Camp.

"I learned more technique then any other player camp," Rau said. "My team plays zone. I learned a lot more one-on-one pass coverage. At other camps I have to show what I got. I got to perform [at Fresno]. It was a solid performance, I showed my speed."

Rau says his performance put him in line for an offer.

"[LB] Coach Mason said be patient," Rau said. "He said, ‘it could take a week. It could take a month. I have to go through the motions.' He told they are going to offer three linebackers. He said [Mychal] Kendricks is No.1, I'm No. 2."

Rau attended Cal's Junior Day and was supposed to camp there this weekend.

"It's Cal," Rau said. "It's the Pac-10, they're sponsored by Nike. It's a nice campus but I don't know how interested they are in me. Fresno State is my favorite school right now. I was supposed to go to Cal's team camp but I'm exhausted. I didn't think I would be able to give my best performance."

Rau says numerous schools are contacting him. He plans to visit Washington this summer. "They want me to fly up, give me a tour and attend a one-day practice."

Despite his early favoritism to the Bulldogs, he is in no hurry to make his college choice.

"I want to leave my options open," Rau said. "Over 25 schools are sending me mail. BYU likes me a lot. Southern Miss is contacting me and Washington State and Oregon State are showing interest."

"The Idaho State coaches, who helped out at the [Fresno] camp, really liked me. They said they are set to offer."

Rau says he would like to make all-state this season, top 160 tackles, achieve more than 6 sacks, and more importantly go deep in the playoffs. He has no immediate plans to attend more camps this summer. He says if he was not enrolled in summer school, he would go to a lot more.

Rau reports a 3.0 GPA and scored a 1288 on his SAT, which he plans to take again in the fall.


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