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Rob Ryan's son is ready to make his own name in football

Matt Ryan signed with Clemson as a preferred walk-on. (Newman Athletics) Matt Ryan signed with Clemson as a preferred walk-on. (Newman Athletics)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

Matt Ryan's time in New Orleans was short, but oh so sweet. Rob's son spent three years at Newman playing football for the Greenies. Excelling on the field landed him a spot on Clemson's squad as a preferred walk-on.

"I'm excited to play for one of the nations top teams. Being able to have a walk-on opportunity is awesome. I had a few scholarship offers, Southeastern Louisiana and Akron, but at the end of the day the opportunity at Clemson is huge," said Newman senior Matt Ryan.

Matt admits his time in NOLA was the best of his life with his dad coaching the Black and Gold. Rob had a great run with the Saints early on, but it ended with him being let go. It wasn't the desired outcome for the family, but they wouldn't change a thing.

"It does take a wear and tear on you, but you grow stronger from it. You know what to expect, and you know what you need to do to benefit from that. Our time in New Orleans was great. Our first season we did a lot of great things. That's what we look at. We don't look at the last two years that we had," said Ryan.

Now Rob is with his twin brother Rex in Buffalo as an assistant head coach for defense. The Ryan's finally back together, but Rex is running the show now. 

"My dad has always had a role of being in charge. With my uncle, he's in charge of the defense. Really it's more of them contributing together into the team. I feel my dad is going to influence some things as well on the defense. Even though he might not have play-calling abilities, he's still going to have a great influence on the team," said Ryan.

Ryan reports to college on June 19. At Newman he played center and defensive line. At Clemson he'll focus solely on the center position. 

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