Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ryan Walters to Minnesota

The Scouting News was the first site to officially confirm that St. Thomas Academy forward Ryan Walters verbally committed to Minnesota tonight.

Walters is starting the season with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL, before returning to STA for his sophomore season. As a 10th grader, Walters would like join the Gophers in 2010.

I had this say about Walters at last year's state high school tournament:
Ryan Walters from St. Thomas Academy caught my eye immediately in the first game. He's tremendously talented for only being a freshman. He made some very nice passes and showed great hockey sense. He easily could have had 3 or 4 assists in the first game.
Prior to that, Walters had been one of the leading scorers at the 2006 Select 15 Festival.

With the class of 2010 looking pretty thin in Minnesota, Walters was one of the top in-state prospects for many WCHA teams, and a nice coup for the Gophers.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Isn't it a little early to talk about the thinness of anyone 2010 recruiting class?

Or are kids just committing that much earlier?

Anonymous said...

und didnt want him

Chris said...

It's thin in that there aren't many kids good enough to commit to college as 10th and 11th graders.

There's still always the possibility of late-bloomers in a couple of years.

Anonymous said...

Dear Susie,

Thanks for classing this place up.

Anonymous said...

UND definitely wanted Walters. He made a visit in August and had the opportunity to committ right there. I beleive it had to come down to playing for your home state.

444 said...

The University of Minnesota wants all the top players but on their terms which means only one thing half scholarships for all and all a good night.

Anonymous said...

444 to bad you really don't know about the scholarships. The recent few have been much more than 1/2.

Anonymous said...

kids are commiting that much earlier. Parents are seeking out the opportunities, inviting scouts. the boy may be a sophomore but really should be a junior, he has a late birthday

Anonymous said...

No he is a sophomore. Just like Jordan Schroeder is a junior Nick Pryor and Danny Kristo are juniors not seniors because of their late birthdays. Oh yeah Nate Scmidt, Nick Mattson also late birthdays sophomores.
Looks like a lot of parents who realized that having their son the youngest in kindergarten may not have been the best thing because of less time to learn, but boy I bet they all just happen to know their kids would be really good at hockey.

Good Luck to all these kids who are a year behind according to previous emailer.

Anonymous said...

lol... to bad he lost that offer kid isn't a team player.

Anonymous said...

LOL.... the kid lost his scholarship. he shouldn't have wasted all that time in des moines i guess. not that he could helped the worst team in state, rosemount. good luck to the kid though.