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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Cory Staying Focused and Humble as Recruiting Process Heats Up



Pine-Richland is one win away from winning the WPIAL Class 5A Northeastern Conference championship with their win over Woodland Hills on Friday night. The ground game, led by converted running back into quarterback Ryan Palmieri and Ethan Pillar, was dominant, especially in the second half when they controlled the time of possession and held Woodland Hills without a point.

The game was won with a dominating effort by the offensive line, led by offensive guard Ryan Cory, who is a Class of 2024 three-star offensive lineman, according to 247Sports. He has offers from Cincinnati, Connecticut, Duquesne, Duke, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (OH), Oregon, Pitt and West Virginia.

Cory was responsible for a lot of the holes that Palmieri and Pillar were running through on Friday whether he was pulling to the perimeter, or using his 6-foot-4, 290-pound frame to pancake opposing defenders. He also plays defense for the Rams his well, as he constantly gets double-teamed, and Woodland Hills ran away from Cory.

Pittsburgh Sports Now talked to Cory after Friday night’s win and talked about his future and his recruiting process.

First, PSN asked Cory about how he got bigger and stronger getting to the next level as his recruitment has started to heat up, and he said although he has focused on being in the moment and helping his team win games.

“In the offseason, I just work, I didn’t think about the next level,” Cory said. “I just think about being in the moment, and the rest will come.”

Next, PSN asked how Cory how he plans to get better between now and next season as his recruiting will heat up more, he said that he needs to keep putting in the work, and he will put his efforts will pay off.

“I have to keep putting in the work,” Cory said. “I can’t be complacent with it, you can’t get greedy with it and let whatever comes out of it comes.”

Pine-Richland head coach Jon LeDonne was nearby and also chimed in on Cory and talked about how he saw the potential that he had even as a sophomore and as the team has more success, he would have more recognition and sees him as a throwback player.

“He put a lot of good tape on film as a sophomore,” LeDonne said. “He has the college that colleges are looking for and he is kind of a throwback player with the physicality that he plays with. His recruiting picked over the spring and the summer and as we continue to win the more film that he will put out there.”

Cory does not have a favorite school and has not scheduled any visits at the moment as he is focusing on the team and how they will win the conference and the WPIAL playoffs.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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