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Ryan Smenda, Jr.
Ryan  Smenda, Jr.

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Orange Park, FL

High School:
Fleming School

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 225

Position:
LB

12/20/2017

Wake Forest Adds 21 Newcomers in Football

Head coach Dave Clawson announced the addition of 10 offensive players, 10 defensive players and one specialist

High School: Two-year team captain ... A consensus 3-star athlete by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN ... Rated the No. 37 inside linebacker in the nation by 247 ... Played for Coach Damenyum Sprints ... No. 18 on the Times-Union's Super 11 ... Three-year varsity starter ... 2017: Named the Florida Times-Union Defensive Player of the Year and the Clay Today Defensive Player of the Year ... Named the FACA District 6 Class 7-A Player of the Year ... Had 175 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, three blocked punts, four blocked field goals and one interception as a senior ... Led the area in tackles ... Had 23 tackles during a regular season game against Bartram Trail ... Considered the centerpiece of the best defense in Northeast Florida ... Had a 56-yard score vs Edgewater ... First team All-Clay County as a linebacker and punter ... Had 14 tackles and a rushing touchdown in a win over Middleburg ... Against Sandalwood, recorded 13 tackles, three tackles for loss, blocked a punt that he returned for a TD, blocked an extra point, recovered a fumble and scored on a 51-yard run from scrimmage ... 2016: Third team all-state class 7A ... Collected 78 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, two sacks, six quarterback hurries, one interception and averaged 40 yards per punt on 43 punts ... Second team all-state as an all-purpose player by Florida HS Football ... Helped the wrestling team finish second in the 3A state tournament after winning area, district and region championships ... Two-time state medalist in wrestling ... Wrestled at 195 pounds, posting a record of 49-7 and finishing fifth in state ... Three-time district champion and two-time region champion in wrestling.

Personal: Son of Ryan, Sr. and LaToya Smenda ... Both parents are retired from the U.S. Navy ... Born Jan. 28, 2000 ... Member of the Honor Roll all four years of high school ... Older brother Austin Smenda plays defensive end at South Dakota State.

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