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CINCINNATI — Ryan Glasgow doesn’t have many fond memories when it comes to recruiting. Discouraging is better description.
He had heard from some Division I college programs during his freshman and sophomore years at Marmion Academy in Aurora, Ill., but by the time his senior season came around, those bigger schools were by-passing him or offering Glasgow a chance to join them as a preferred walk-on. Glasgow’s recruiting profile on 247Sports is about as bare as bare can be.
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“I had offers from NIU [Northern Illinois University] and Wyoming,” Glasgow said Thursday as he sat at his locker inside Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. “Those were my only DI offers.”
Glasgow is finishing up his rookie season with the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s gone from a preferred walk-on at Michigan who wasn’t sure he’d survive his freshman year to fourth-round NFL draft choice who has become a regular part of the Bengals’ defensive line rotation.
He is one of several cautionary tales about judging a player by the number of stars next to their name in a recruiting profile. He’s one of three such tales in his own family, along with older brother Graham, now the starting center for the Detroit Lions, and younger brother Jordan, who was named Michigan’s special teams player of the year.
All three Glasgows came to the Wolverines as preferred walk-ons. All three Glasgows earned scholarships before they left Ann Arbor.
Michigan’s current 2018 recruiting class consists of 16 signed players and three others who are committed to the Wolverines. It is ranked No. 14 in the country by the 247Sports with six weeks to go before it is filled out on Feb. 7, National Signing Day.
No matter the class finishes ranked, what will ultimately determine how good it is will be the performance on the field the next four or five seasons.
The 2012 class of which Ryan Glasgow was a member, was ranked No. 6 in the country and included six scholarship defensive linemen: Ondre Pipkins, Chris Wormley, Tom Strobel, Mario Ojemudia, Matt Godin and Willie Henry.
Glasgow said he got support from staff members, including then-head coach Brady Hoke and Greg Mattison, then Hoke’s defensive coordinator and now the Wolverines’ defensive line coach. He ended his career at Michigan playing in 45 games, making 91 tackles, 18 1/2 tackles for loss and 5 sacks.
Glasgow will get a chance to meet up with Wormley and Henry on Sunday when the Bengals play at Baltimore in the regular season finale.
“It was discouraging being a kid that wanted to get that attention. You want to have those articles written about you but they’re being written about someone else. That fuels the fire,” Glasgow said. “[Going to Michigan] was a choice that was tough to make because I’m thinking that if these guys are built up and if they live up to what has been written about, I might not have much of a chance.
“I had some breaks go my way in college, and I never stopped working. It worked out.”
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