Running Back, 6'1", 220
The Bolles School
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HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterwinner for one of Florida's top 2A programs... Started as lone back as junior and senior, helping Bulldogs to 2006 state title... Averaged 14 yards per carrry rushing for 1,049 yards and 15 TDs as senior, earning All-State honors... Named by Jacksonville Times-Union to Florida Super 75 team... As junior, rushed for 20 TDs and nearly 1,000 yards... Also lettered in track & field and weighlifting... Finished third in state weighlifting championships as junior and qualified for state track meet in shot put.
PERSONAL Ryan J. van Rensburg... Son of Andre and Linda van Rensburg... Born March 22, 1988 in Cape Town, South Africa... Dad is in commercial real estate development; mom is an artist and horseback riding instructor... Older brother, Shaun, plays linebacker for Furman... Family immigrated to America in 2000... Became U.S. citizen in 2005... Started playing football upon arriving in Florida... Grew up playing rugby in in South Africa... Also speaks native Afrikaans language from South African heritage... Enjoys sculpting... Close friends with fellow Commodore football recruit Tim Fugger.
THE BOLLES SCHOOL HEAD COACH CORKY ROGERS
"Ryan was a two-year starter for us, and really the backbone of our football team. He was our leading ground gainer and scorer, and played through injuries. In the playoffs, Ryan just gutted it out and gave us all he had.
"I think Ryan's best football days are still ahead of him because he's been playing the game all of four years. He's really put together physically. They (the Vanderbilt coaches) are going to be surprised at how well-rounded Ryan is as a player, a guy that can block, run and catch the football."