Fans and programs alike have been waiting with bated breath to find out what program one of the highest sought after recruits was going to choose. On Wednesday, Denton Ryan Raider Big Bear Alexander announced his decision to commit to the Georgia Bulldogs' program on social media:
I would like to thank God , my family, and all the coaches.For all the things he has blessed me with. I am thankful for the many schools that recruited me throughout this process. I'm a 100% committed to the University of Georgia @maka_difference #GoDawgs#🔴⚪️⚫️🐶🐶🐶 pic.twitter.com/dnf6LnYaxD
— THE BIG BEAR (@BearAlexander_) February 3, 2021
After naming his top 16 in December, the No. 2 DT in the nation, Alexander wanted to get a jump on his commitment. "With the window being so short- literally 11 months- I just decided to shut it down," Alexander said in an interview.
The 6-foot-3, five-star recruit from the 2022 class chose Georgia over other programs like Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Auburn, Baylor, and more.
Late Thursday morning, Denton Ryan's head coach Dave Henigan took to twitter to announce a huge accomplishment- Henigan had won The Landry Award Coach of the Year 2020:
Anyone who knows me and what I've been through in coaching knows I am HUMBLED
It should say Coaching Staff of the Year. Reality is this is a TEAM award. It's about great kids. And about a great coaching staff that pours into kids each day to help them be better people. #ONE pic.twitter.com/KgbQFSCh2P
— Dave Henigan (@DaveHenigan) January 28, 2021
Henigan just capped his seventh season at Ryan with a state title after defeating Cedar Park 59-14 on January 15 in the Class 5A Division I state championship game. The win marked a major moment for Ryan football who finished the 2019 season as state runner-up. The championship season marked the program's third state title and it's first in nearly two decades.
"I'm smart enough and humble enough to know it is not about me," said Henigan in an interview. "It's my name on that award, but the reality is that it's about a bunch of great kids and a bunch of great coaches who pour into those kids every day. I'm just the one who gets to accept the trophy."
Henigan has posted a 90-10 record in seven season with Denton Ryan. He has led Ryan to six-straight playoff appearances. In 2015, Henigan led Ryan to the fourth round of the Class 6A playoffs. In 2016, 2017, and 2018 Henigan led Ryan to the Class 5A Division I state semifinal match. In 2019 and 2020, Henigan led Ryan to the championship game.
"It's an honor for our staff and program to be associated with this award," said Henigan about the Landry Award.