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Sports Nation's top high school safety Sage Ryan commits to LSU football, continuing family legacy

21:35  31 october  2020
21:35  31 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Sage Ryan, one of the top high school defensive backs in the country, has committed to LSU.

In his highly anticipated Halloween revealing, Ryan, a senior at Lafayette (Louisiana) Christian Academy, selected LSU over a long list of offers, including Alabama and Clemson. Ryan, a five-star recruit, is ranked first nationwide in his class among safeties and 28th overall.

Ryan was emotional as he announced the decision, wiping away tears as his mother wrapped her arm around him. For Ryan, picking LSU means continuing a family legacy. His uncle Trev Faulk, who sat next to him during the ceremony, was a linebacker for the Tigers. His cousin Kevin Faulk is LSU's all-time rushing leader. Both went on to play in the NFL, and Kevin Faulk is now the running backs coach for the Tigers.

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a group of people playing baseball on a field: Lafayette Christian Academy's Sage Ryan scores a touch down Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. © Andre Broussard/Special to The Advertiser Lafayette Christian Academy's Sage Ryan scores a touch down Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.

"Just to be in this position is amazing," Ryan said after the announcement, which was streamed on LCA's Facebook page. "My family, they guided me through this process. Like my uncle said, it's family over everything. My people are in Louisiana, so that’s what I went through."

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Ryan said his recruitment was a wild experience, as he received offers from dozens of places. Fans on Twitter were constantly weighing in on which school he should choose.

He officially made the decision Wednesday, but it was 50-50 between LSU and Alabama until that point, he said. He loved the atmosphere and coaches at both schools, but in the end decided it was best to stay home.

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"I put in my mind that I was going to be successful at either place," he said. "I chose family and at the end of the day that was the best decision for me."

In addition to playing safety, "Three-Phase Sage" stands out on offense. He totaled 1,000 rushing yards and 15 receiving touchdowns as a junior as he helped the Knights win their second straight state title. He has 10 touchdowns so far this season and he also excels on special teams as a punt and kickoff returner, but teams know better by now not to place the ball near him.

Last night, on the eve of the announcement, he had one of his best games of the season. He had 201 total offensive yards and three touchdowns, in addition to key defensive plays. He said he tried not to think about his upcoming announcement during the game, but it was in the back of his mind throughout the night.

Ryan and the Knights have won three straight state championships. They are currently 3-1 and in first place in District 6-2A.

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