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Ryan Brubaker heading south after senior season, he committed to the Gamecocks. Lets see why, and who Ryan is. @RyanBrubaker78 @CoachStrohl @CocalicoFball

Written by: on Tuesday, June 29th, 2021


UConn, UMass, Harvard, Columbia, UPenn, Army, Yale, Kent St, Miami OH, Dartmouth, Monmouth, Liberty, Ole Miss, Tulane, , Missouri, Buffalo, Duke, Tennessee, Pitt, Arizona St, Penn State, Cincinnati, Nebraska, Syracuse, Auburn, Michigan, Louisville, Florida, Stanford. Imagine having to choose from that list which school you’re going to spend the next for years playing football.  That’s the problem Cocalico lineman Ryan Brubaker had. It’s been a problem thats been building since he was in 7th grade. How do you choose? For Ryan, “I felt a strong pull inside me that things were meant to be. I chose with my heart.”  That strong pull is taking the 6-6, 280 pound tackle to South Carolina.

Now that we know where he’s heading for college, lets find out a little bit about Ryan and what led to his decision:

Tale of the Tape: 

Ryan Brubaker
Cocalico High School
Class of 2022
Ht: 6’6 Wt: 280
Other sports: Swimming and track (throwing)
Awards: All-Section, All-State, and All-Academic.

Who is Ryan Brubaker and why did he choose the Gamecocks? 

Why do you play football? 

I play football because I love the game. I tried it for the first time in seventh grade and enjoyed the mental aspect of learning plays and understanding how to best my opponent through technique and working smarter not harder.

What was the recruiting process like for you? 

It had its ups and downs with uncomfortable moments but ultimately a good situation led to good things (like paid education)

What has been your best memory from football so far? 

While I do not have any distinct memories that stand out, overall my experience with my teammates the past three years have been memorable regardless of our record.

Tell everyone out there in Gamecock land something they’d never know about you until you told them

At this point most people know because it propelled my recruiting process, but I’m a swimmer in the winter for the HS team. I do a lot of sprint events like 50 freestyle

Who is your favorite pro athlete and why?

Joe Thomas is a favorite of mine because he displays the admirable qualities of a professional player. He was loyal to his first NFL team and played with passion and love for the game even in years when he could’ve played for others.

Who is your biggest fan and why? 

My biggest fans are my parents. They always make the distinction though that they are not my cheerleaders and will offer criticism, but that they are still all in when it comes to supporting me in anything I do.

What role did your parents play in your decision? 

They were involved but still allowed me to experience the recruiting process on my own

Is there any specific person you look up to and use as a role model?  

In life and in the recruiting process I look up to my dad. I have been able to garner a lot of wisdom from his college experience to guide me as well as in life topics he has been a great role model and one that I strive to be someday. He coached HS OL before I got to high school and has offered so much for my development

What is your desired major in college?  

Political Science/History/Economics.

Coming off a year with COVID struggles, what do you think this year will be like?

I think many will suffer from a lack of accountability especially in times when they were away from teammates. Whether it is accountability on the field or off the field, without that constant support that Covid took last season, many weren’t kept accountable, and retraining the body to get back to that will be difficult.

Favorite play to run?

The tackle pass over the middle on the goal line is a classic and I love to see it happening more often in CFB.

What is your personal goal for this season?

My personal goal is to be as present in the moment as a can be and to provide stable, solid leadership for my teammates.

Favorite pre-game meal?

Peanut butter and jelly is classic.

Sports movie?

Remember the Titans.

Sport you’d love to play but can’t?

Golf, I’d love to get into golf but that’s a fall sport. Tried it in gym class and really enjoyed myself.

Most embarrassing sports moment?

One time when I was a Sophomore after a touchdown there was a miscommunication in the touchdown celebration between me and my quarterback and we ended up doing a mix of a shoulder bump, a high five, and a head butt which totally knocked us off balance.

What are you looking forward to most this year?

I’m looking forward to a normal football season length with normal fan attendance and a normal preseason.

Favorite activities?

Outside of football I enjoy fishing with my dad as well as playing games with the family.

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