Canisius High School offensive lineman Ryan Hunter verbally committed to play football for Bowling Green on Thursday.
"Bowling Green has great academic programs, especially in the areas I'm considering getting my degree in. I had a really great visit to the school, too," said Hunter. "The coaches were very welcoming and knowledgeable. They made it clear they want to win, and they really emphasized to my family and me that they view me as an important part of their plans to compete for MAC championships."
The 6'5, 320 pound lineman is preparing for his senior season with the Crusaders. He will begin his college football career with the Falcons in 2013. Hunter said he wanted to commit early so he could focus on his final season at Canisius.
Crusaders head coach Rich Robbins had some high praise for for Ryan's accomplishment and decision. "It takes a special kid to do what Ryan has done, moving over five hours away from his family as a teenager to challenge himself athletically and academically. Ryan committed himself completely to being great in the classroom and on the field, and it's a testament to his character that he has received scholarship offers. Bowling Green is getting a commitment from a great player and a phenomenal young man."