March 21, 2012

Switzer stays busy

It is one thing after another for Charleston (W.Va.) George Washington athlete Ryan Switzer, but he has not skipped a beat.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder did not need a long break after leading George Washington to a state championship appearance and a 13-1 record to start training for the 2012 football season while playing basketball.

He enjoyed similar team success on the hardwood as the Patriots advanced to the state championship game, and finished with a 22-7 record.

"Right now it's a full go," Switzer said. "I'm getting ready for a couple of Nike Training Camps [in Charlotte and Ohio]. I'm training for those and the seven-on-seven camps this summer."

Switzer, who rushed for 2,700 yards and 42 touchdowns, and intercept five passes, will also participate in the Rivals.com/VTO Elite 100 Combine in Pennsylvania.

His next scheduled stop is a trip to Chapel Hill Friday. Switzer has not met North Carolina's new coaching staff, but the two parties have been in contact.

"I'm spending the weekend up there," Switzer said. "My aunt graduated from there [UNC], and I've got a lot of family in the vicinity on both my mom and dad's side. I'm looking forward to seeing all of the facilities. That's always fun to do."

Switzer added that he is also eager to check out the university and to see what UNC has to offer outside of football.

His most recent visits were to West Virginia, Ohio State, Penn State and Wake Forest. Switzer said he does not think it would be fair to rank the schools.

"I'm a big Penn State guy," Switzer said. "I'm a Penn State lean right now at this point. Right now what I'm doing is to see why I shouldn't go to Penn State."

Switzer's affinity for the Nittany Lions is mostly derived from the strong level of comfort he has with PSU assistant coaches John Butler and Stan Hixon and head coach Brad O'Brien.

"I've been up there multiple times," Switzer said. "I just feel real welcomed and excited about their offense and what I could in that system and then all of the great players that are giving their word early. I just think relationships are a big thing for me, and I don't have any better relationships than I do with Penn State."

He attended Wake's Junior Day Saturday, Feb. 25.

Lonnie Galloway is recruiting him for the Demon Deacons.

"Coach Galloway is an awesome guy, a great coach," Switzer said. "We actually had a previous relationship from where he was at West Virginia. Wake Forest is a great school, and I had a good time."

Switzer said Wake's coaches told him they would use him in multiple ways to make the most of his versatility, which made him excited.

"I spent of the time with Coach Galloway when we went to the basketball when we sat down, we down together," Switzer said. "I spent time with the quarterbacks coach [Tom Elrod] and the offensive coordinator [Steed Lobotzke]. I talked to the head coach [Jim Grobe] as well."

George Washington will compete in seven-on-seven tournaments at Marshall, Virginia, West Virginia and Penn State and may go out to Stanford.

Switzer has received camp invitations from Southern Cal, Michigan State and Stanford.

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