The recruiting of Norfolk junior Ryan Schommer has been under the radar, but that has changed quickly. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end is now garnering significant attention from schools across the Midwest.
Schommer landed squarely on the recruiting map after attending the Football University Camp in Dallas on March 18-19. He did well enough there to be selected for the FBU Top Gun National Showcase in July in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Shortly after attending the preliminary FBU camp, Schommer started a whirlwind of unofficial visits: South Dakota on March 25, South Dakota State on April 2, North Dakota State on April 13, Iowa on April 15 and Northern Iowa on April 19.
A second visit to Wyoming — the first was on March 4 for junior day — came on April 22 for the Cowboy spring game. An April 29 visit to Missouri State will cap off a busy month.
A new potential suitor, Arkansas, has asked him to attend its spring game festivities this weekend. Former Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoades is the Razorbacks defensive coordinator.
"They asked me to visit, sit in on position meetings, team meetings, and spring game preparation with coaches and players on Friday," Schomer said. "They also want to show me their facilities and I will stay for the spring game on Saturday."
The Arkansas visit will cap a busy month for Schommer.
“I really want to find a school with strong community support that can develop me as a player,” Schommer said. “I want to go to a school that can develop their players. I don’t want to be just another number.”
Finding a school with strong community backing would be nothing new for Schommer. Norfolk is the epitome of a community that fully supports high school sports.
Norfolk is losing a strong senior class that includes Air Force recruit Lane McCallum. Still, Schommer said the team goals for the 2017 season remain high.
“We want to get to the playoffs again and hopefully make some noise … that is our goal.”
Schommer also has some personal goals for his senior campaign.
“I want to get over 10 sacks this season and lead the team in tackles for loss,” he said.
Schommer’s visit schedule will slow down in May and pick up again in June with a return trip to Iowa and another trip to Wyoming. He also plans to hit the Nebraska offensive and defensive lineman camp on June 16 — the same day as the Huskers' Friday Night Lights camp. He will then go to Arkansas for a camp on June 18.