In-State Standout DB Aidan Ryan Talks Virginia Offer, Decision Date

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Last Friday, Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach Nick Howell informed James Monroe (Fredericksburg, VA) junior Aidan Ryan that he had a scholarship offer from the University of Virginia. The 6’1″, 190-pound athlete certainly seemed pleased with the news.

“UVA has always been a program that I’ve been really interested in, just everything about it is attractive to me,” Ryan said. “The education, the atmosphere on campus, and the football team most of all.”

Ryan estimates he has visited UVA a total of seven times.

“Every time I went it got better and better,” Ryan said. “I haven’t had a negative visit to the school.”

Following a 2-10 campaign in the first year of the Bronco Mendenhall era, Virginia football achieved a 6-7 record in 2017, an 8-5 mark in 2018, and a 9-5 record in 2019. The Hoos have gone to three straight bowl games, the latest being the 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl. Last season, Coach Mendenhall led the program to its first-ever ACC Coastal Division title and a victory over in-state rival Virginia Tech, a team the Hoos had not defeated since 2003.

Virginia football’s revival under Mendenhall has impressed the Hornets star.

“Their turnaround showed me a lot,” Ryan said. “It showed me that the team is full of hard workers that are willing to do whatever it takes to improve and never stay complacent. They want to go from good to great. I fully believe that all starts with Coach Mendenhall’s leadership and his ability to reach out to the players and influence them to be the best player and person they can be.”

Ryan is a jack-of-all-trades at James Monroe, contributing at quarterback, wide receiver, defensive