Creighton Prep's Ryan Bena is a football legacy.

His father Steve played fullback at Wyoming from 1986-89. Ryan is using his father's experience as a guide to what he wants to accomplish when his high school career ends.

Bena, a 6-foot-3, 275 pound junior offensive lineman, has college football programs calling regularly, including a scholarship offer from South Dakota and interest from Nebraska, Iowa State, Wyoming, Air Force, North Dakota State, North Dakota and South Dakota State.

Bena visited Wyoming last weekend and Nebraska the weekend prior. A trip to South Dakota in February and Iowa State for a bowl practice are the other most recent visits he has taken.

"I'm going to North Dakota State next weekend," he said. "I have to find time to go to South Dakota State soon."

Academics, coaches he can have a connection with and tradition are the three things that he is taking note of on his visits.

"Successful programs are a lot more rewarding," he said. "Getting to go to bowl games or winning championships is what makes college football fun."

Bena has been working hard in the offseason on gaining what he called "good weight" since the Junior Jays' season ended in November.

"I've gained some muscle and I've been working on my quickness and moving my feet better," he said. "Getting football smart and learning what the defense is doing is another thing I am working on getting better at."

He doesn't see a decision coming anytime soon and will let his recruitment play out.

"I'd like to keep everything open right now and I'm comfortable with waiting until the season is over if it takes that long," he said.

Mike is a prep recruiting specialist for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MikeSautterOWH. Phone: 402-444-1335.

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