Ryan Cole’s football world came full circle at Army’s All-Academic camp Saturday at West Point.
Cole, a Somers (N.Y.) rising junior defensive end, received the camp’s Underclassman defensive line MVP award.
The camp wasn’t Cole’s first time at West Point. He played and won youth football championships in sixth and eighth grade at Michie Stadium.
“It really was an amazing experience,” said Cole, who is 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds. “It (Army) has always been my dream school and being able to attend this camp and get to work in front of the coaches was definitely a full-circle moment.”
Cole posed with Army head coach Jeff Monken with his MVP football after the camp.
“It was amazing being able to come up to such as a beautiful campus and have the opportunity to compete with some talented kid and be coached by such an amazing staff,” Cole said.
The talent includes players from across the country including Frances Parker (Calif.) wide receiver Chris Williams. Williams received the overall MVP and WR MVP for the rising senior class. The San Diego recruit held an offer from Army prior to camp.
Montgomery Blair (Md.) quarterback Kendell Anderson received an offer from Army and won the senior offensive MVP award during his West Point visit.
Here’s a list of the 2022 Army All-Academic Camp MVPs (If you received an MVP, DM @salinterdonato on Twitter to let us know)
Class of 2023
Overall MVP: WR Chris Williams, Frances Parker HS, San Diego, Calif.
Offensive MVP: QB Kendell Anderson, Montgomery Blair (Md.)
Defensive MVP: Travion Dickens, Prescott, Ark.
RB: Ben Wable, Choate Rosemary Hall, Conn.
WR: Chris Williams, Frances Parker HS, San Diego, Calif.
TE: Riley Foran, DeMatha, Md.
OL: Ahmari Owens, Springfield (Mass.) Central HS
DL: Teddy Holland, Cardinal Hayes, N.Y.
LB: Gannon Healy, Choate Rosemary Hall, Conn.
DB: Amier Burdine, Reading, Pa.
Specialist: K-P Lance Gossett, Louisville (Ky.) Male HS
WR: Austin Quandt, Delbarton, N.J.
OL: Gage Yackee, St. John’s Jesuit HS, Toledo, Ohio
DL: Ryan Cole, Somers, N.Y.
DB: Austin Quandt, Delbarton, N.J.
Specialist: K Isaac Carter, Southern Columbia (Pa.) HS