The Griffin’s center and nose guard was selected to play in the 75th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. The game, pitting the top football players from South Carolina against the best that North Carolina has to offer, will be held Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. at Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium.
“I feel excited,” Raley said when informed of his selection. “This is an honor, I feel like I did my job and I did it well.“
The 6-3, 293-pounder was selected to play center in the game.
“Ryan Raley is epitome of a coach’s player,” Davis said. “He is a great young man; not only on the field, but also off. I wish there was a way I could copy and paste him all over the field.“
First, Raley said he is focused in helping Fairfield Central (6-4) navigate the Class AAA playoffs where, this week , they open away against the Greer Yellow Jackets (9-1).
Ryan is being heavily recruited by several division 1A colleges, including North Carolina State and Kentucky. He is a team captain, a member of the BETA Club, Academic Challenge Team and Student Government Association. He has a 3.75 GPA and is ranked 25th in his class.
Ryan is the son of Phillip and Michelle Raley. His younger brother Nick Raley is following in his footsteps starting on the offensive line for Fairfield Central’s Junior Varsity team.