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Players that earn scholarships to any college football program, no matter the level, accomplish that by doing a couple different things: hard work off the field and production on the field.
South Fayette junior Ryan O’Hair is in the process of trying to achieve his life long dream of playing college football and some of his hard work is starting to payoff in some small ways.
O’Hair recently completed his junior season at South Fayette and although he doesn’t have that first offer yet, he has been invited and taken visits to Penn State, Youngstown State and a couple of Division III programs.
O’Hair’s next big visit will take place tomorrow when he makes his first unofficial visit to Pitt. We caught with with O’Hair who made it very clear that he’s appreciative and feels blessed no matter what happens with his future recruitment.
”The recruiting process has just been awesome,” O’Hair told PSN. “Coming out of my sophomore season I really didn’t think I was going to be anything in terms of a college recruit. I was 6’5”, 180 pounds and I was kind of lost in terms of what I wanted to do as far as college and sports go.”
”Then during last off-season, I really worked hard. I grew two inches and got up to 233 pounds so I put in a lot of work there and because of that work in the off-season I’ve gotten some attention from some schools. Nothing major yet but all of this has been just a blessing. The visit and atmosphere at Penn State was just incredible and now we’re onto Pitt. I’m so excited for that because I love my city and grew up and have been raised in Pittsburgh and nothing would be better than to play for your hometown team.”
The contact between Pitt and O’Hair started for a couple of reasons. Jordan Diven, who’s now a member of the Pitt recruiting department and was defensive line coach at South Fayette in 2018 and also O’Hair attended and performed well at one of Pitt’s summer prospect camps last year. O’Hair tells me that he’ll be attending another Pitt prospect camp this summer as well.
”It’s truly a blessing that these schools are even giving me a look because as a kid laying in bed, all I ever dreamed about was things like this ‘where am I going to play college football, am I going to get an offer and for me that’s still up in the air,” said O’Hair.
”I could be sitting here next year with no offers or I might a have a couple, you just never know what schools are looking for and how they’ll evaluate me. I’m just appreciative of this and for my parents, who have been with me and supported me from day one.”
Considering his huge frame (6’7”, 235) I asked I asked O’Hair what his future position could be?
”Actually for my high school, I play offensive tackle and defensive tackle/defensive end. During the summer, I started to try to play tight end and I put that out there because I feel that’s a place I could play in college. I’m hoping to play there some this coming season.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow, although he plans on having fun, O’Hair will treat it like a business trip. He will try and communicate with and pick the brain with as many members of the Pitt staff in order to learn more about the program and how he can get better in their eyes.
— Ryan O’Hair (@ryan_ohair) November 12, 2019