Because of NCAA rules, high school athletes could not be contacted by college head coaches until July 1. Now the date has passed, and both Ryan and Stahl are being heavily sought after in their respective sports.
"It's a pretty interesting process; it's really exciting," Ryan said. "It's something new that me and my family have never done before, and it's nice to know that people are interested in me."
Ryan, a Chambersburg track & field star in the long and triple jumps, said she has received calls from LSU, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Buffalo, Auburn University and the University of Miami.
Ryan said there are several factors that will contribute to her final decision. Although she does not want to attend school in the area, she said she hopes to remain on the east coast so as to stay close to family.
Ryan, who won PIAA Class AAA state titles in both of her events, also said she's interested in a diverse campus that has a lot to offer outside of athletics and academics.
But most importantly, Ryan said she is looking for a coach who will be trustworthy, knowledgeable and hard working.
"I want to keep excelling and keep going as I have in high school," Ryan said. "I want to become a better athlete and a better, well-rounded person."
Ryan still has plenty of time to make a final decision, and she said she wants to make sure she gathers enough
Stahl is going through the same process, but he said he is aiming to make a decision before the early signing period in November.
Stahl, the Chambersburg boys' volleyball ace who led the Trojans to a PIAA Class AAA crown, has a number of schools that spark his interest, including Loyola University of Chicago, Pepperdine University, UCLA and Long Beach State.
He has also debated staying closer to home and going to a school such as Penn State or Ohio
"If I go out west, I'd be playing a lot of beach volleyball and training on the beach, which has its advantages," Stahl said. "But if I stay close to home, my parents can come to all my games, so there are certain schools that have advantages over others."
Stahl, who wants to major in computer science or engineering, said academics will play a large factor in his final decision.
As far as the volleyball program is concerned, he will be focusing on things such as the head coach, who he hopes to immediately bond with, the other players on the team and the overall team atmosphere.
"I want to go with who is going to make me the best player I can possibly be," Stahl said.
After coaches do home visits, Stahl said he is looking forward to making official visits to the schools. During the visits, Stahl will have an opportunity to stay with a current freshman on the team, attend practices and meet the rest of the team.
In the recruiting process, Stahl said he has received a great amount of help from both his volleyball club coach and his family.
"My coach, Terry Rank - he sees things that other people don't in the recruiting process," Stahl said. "He brings things up that I wouldn't think of.
"My parents are just great people. They've really helped me with this. I've gotten stressed out a couple times just thinking about it, and they've helped calm me down."
Both Ryan and Stahl said they expect to be in contact with many coaches over the next several weeks, because the official process is still in its very early stages.
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