By: David Franklin
A name I’m hearing more and more on the recruiting trail is Ralph Mency. I guess that tends to happen when a player starts accumulating offers like he is. The 6’3″ 230 pound versatile athlete is really starting to make a name for himself. With close to twenty offers as of now he lists in state offers from USF and FAU as a couple he’s keeping an eye on but is also showing some interest in Wake Forest and South Alabama. He has taken several visits as well including UAB, Samford, and Georgia Southern. I asked him to name some programs he’d like to hear from in the future and he told me there has been some contact with Florida and lists Miami, LSU, and Clemson as others he’d like to hear from.
Mency is impressive on the field to say the least and although he plays on both sides of the ball as a TE on offense and DE / LB on defense it’s his defensive skills colleges are recruiting him for the most. He has the ideal size coming off the edge but when you pair that with his 4.52 40 speed you really get a nice combination. When asked to describe his game he responded “I’m a gorilla, anybody who is in my way will be stepped on.” Ralph went on to say that pass rush is his specialty but he has the ability to cover if needed. His physical style of play along with his speed gives him the option of going through a defender or around them. His speed is often underestimated and although defense looks to be his calling card at the next level he mentioned he has strong hands and pretty sharp route running at TE.
With so many upsides I asked him to talk about things he needs to work on. He said he would like to get even better on his coverage skills to really broaden his game. With plans to hit the camp circuit down the road and having already attended The Under Armour camp, his skills will just keep improving. As he continues his recruiting journey, finding a school that feels like home and one that can also prepare him for a career after football is important. A career in physical therapy is what he’s looking for and his 3.4 GPA should help him get there. I have mentioned names to remember in previous articles and I think it’s safe to add Ralph Mency to the list.