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’25 LB has studded out in Kentucky 6A football so far

Hard to argue there are any LB’s in the ’25 graduating class any better than Ryan Rayhill. There are some fine LB’s in that class and we have featured quite a few. While some of the ’25’s have accumulated more prodigious stats, Rayhill has stockpiled his production against one of the better schedules at Kentucky’s highest level of competition in helping his team to its first state championship and first regional title since 2008. This is a name to remember as colleges are already on this prospect and it will only get more active from this point forward.

Fletcher Long, Chief of the Scouting Division, KPGFootball

The first thing to remember about Ryan Rayhill is his being a two-sport varsity athlete. We don’t cover the other sport, so this article will be directed toward his football playing prowess.

We thought it important to mention. College recruiters prize athletes with diverse skill sets, and this prospect is certainly among those.

Photo: Timothy Easley/for the C-J

We have talked many times on this forum about college players revealing themselves sometime during the player’s sophomore season. Though I hardly think it fair, as it is harder to see the field at some programs than others, recruiters have personally asked me before, “If he’s so good, why did it take him so long to see the field?”

These recruiters, asking me this, were talking about prospects I was recommending who didn’t start until their junior years. Now I can tell them the program is just that yoked with talent, but no college coach is going to believe a future college player can’t find the lineup sometime over his sophomore season, even if that player plays for Valdosta High (GA).

The fact remains…college recruiters and coaches think college players should find the field/lineup over the course of the sophomore season. That is just the way it is and we can debate it ad nauseam, but that won’t really change anything.

Well, Rayhill found the lineup his sophomore season for the best football team in Kentucky’s largest classification of competition. He didn’t just find the field, he really performed.

Rayhill tied for second on the team in tackles with 74. In addition, the LB registered 10-TFL’s with a QB-sack added to the ledger.

Rayhill found the lineup his sophomore season for the best football team in Kentucky’s largest classification of competition

HB Lyon, Senior Sports Writer, KPGFootball

Rayhill has a solid frame for where he is slotted. Rayhill is 6’2,” weighs 200-pounds and carries a 4.1 GPA.

Now Rayhill has quite a bit of talent and versatility. He can play OLB, ILB, TE, and can even Long-snap. It is impossible to imagine his not catching on with a big-time college program and those exist at every level of college football.

Rayhill and his cohorts should be tough again next season. Sure losing “Mr. Football (Travis Eagan)” at QB will leave a hole. However, the Chargers still have its ’22 Coach of the Year, Keegan Kendrick, and boast the return of many other talented players up and down the lineup on both sides of the scrimmage line.

Chargers enter ’23 riding a 14-game WS

Oh yeah, before we forget, they will be entering ’23 riding a 14-game win-streak. With the Rayhill-types returning, that streak may not be close to finished.

This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!

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Have coached at the high school and middle school level. Have worked in athletic administration. Conceal my identity to enable my candor on articles published by this magazine. Only members of the editorial board are aware of my true identity.

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