Blinn Junior College linebacker Ryan Flannigan verbally committed to the Kentucky Wildcats this week and became Mark Stoops’ 11th verbal commitment of the 2014 class. Flannigan, who originally hails from Missouri City, Texas, chose UK over offers from Arizona State, Texas Tech and Cincinnati.
Flannigan attended Blinn along with cornerback Shyquawn Pullium, who committed to UK on Sunday.
Ryan was gracious enough to tell us about his journey from Thurgood Marshall High School, to committing to the University of Kentucky with the help of UK Running Backs Coach Chad Scott.
WBN: Talk about your journey from coming out of high school and expecting to go to Texas Tech to your time at Blinn College ?
I thought I was going to be able to qualify and play at Texas Tech. They let me sign and everything, and it was really sad when I didn’t qualify and I found out I wasn’t going to be able to make it to Texas Tech, but Coach (Chad) Scott still stuck with me and still stood by me when I went to Blinn College.
Everything was going good and I was playing and starting this past year, and when Coach Scott went to Kentucky, I didn’t know what I was going to do, because I wanted to go to Texas Tech with him. I didn’t know what to think. And then Kentucky called and offered me, and I didn’t know whether to commit then, or to wait.
So I started thinking about and I just felt it was right to commit.
WBN: Talk about your relationship with Chad Scott?
He had my back ever since I left high school. Most schools would just leave you alone and forget about you if you didn’t qualify. But Coach Scott contacted me, stood by me, came to my practices, and came to every game. And once you meet a guy like that who will take care of you no matter where you go, you don’t forget that. He’s a great guy and a really good friend. I’m going to be happy playing under him.
WBN: When did Mark Stoops first contact you about potentially playing at Kentucky?
The first time they all saw my highlight tape in a coaches meeting, they all called me and told me how much they wanted me to come and play linebacker for them and how they really wanted me.
WBN: What made Kentucky stand-out?
The feeling that I could come in there and work hard, get playing time, be the best player I can, and become a starter. Their education is very good, and they have my major, sports media, that I really want to major in.