Ryan doing what he feels suits him

June 7, 2014

Ryan Suitt is one heck of a high school quarterback.

Most anyone in Granbury and District 7-4A will attest to that.

And so, it seems, will the folks at All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth.

The websites hudl.com and collegepromoters.com, along with two verbal sources, have confirmed the Granbury student-athlete’s intent to transfer to All Saints this fall for his senior year.

One of the verbal sources was a Granbury High coach who asked to remain anonymous, and the other was a former college coach, Justin Gaines, the DFW area director for collegepromoters.com.

“His athleticism is impressive, he can throw on the run, he’s accurate, and he’s very intelligent,” said Gaines of Suitt, calling him a sure-fire college prospect.

Suitt is the best quarterback the Pirates have had since Scotty Pugh became coach six seasons ago. He has poise, confidence, and he comes from a strong family pedigree, including his father, Dirk, being a former Pirate signal-caller.

Suitt is also one of the classiest Pirate players to come along. He has never taunted other players or shown poor sportsmanship.

Suitt made an immediate impression as a sophomore, earning district Newcomer of the Year honors after leading the Pirates to a 7-4 record, their most victories since 1998. Last season he was second team all-district, guiding the Pirates to a 9-2 record, their best showing in nearly five decades.

Not since Andrew Mellencamp in the 2004 season has a quarterback brought this kind of excitement to Granbury fans. Just as Mellencamp and Justice Baker thrilled the faithful with their touchdown connections, Suitt and good buddy Nick Doughty did the same for the past two seasons.

And now both appear to be gone for their senior campaigns. Doughty left GHS at the beginning of basketball season to attend school out of state.

Suitt will be much closer to Granbury, tantalizingly close. Each weekend Pirate fans can check out his statistics from the night before. Hopefully, it will be with a smile that he is succeeding at his new gig instead of with a frown and wondering what might be if he were still here.

THE GUY’S A WINNER

Suitt will do well at All Saints, one of the top private school programs around. One doesn’t need to see his 57 percent completion rate, touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio (34-16), or yardage (nearly 4,000) to see that.

“I coached college football for 14 years, and he’s a heck of a player,” said Gaines.

Suitt shined in his final victory as a Pirate. Granbury trailed Arlington Heights 30-14 entering the final quarter at Pirate Stadium. Suitt engineered a pair of fourth-quarter drives that ended with touchdown passes and a couple of two-point conversions, then ran in the game-winning touchdown in overtime to secure second place in district.

Suitt has not announced publicly why he is considering a transfer, and nor is he required.

The Pirates will be hard-pressed to find another QB the quality of Suitt as they enter a much tougher district. Schools such as Trimble Tech, O.D. Wyatt and Western Hills have been replaced with the likes of Everman, Crowley, Cleburne, Burleson – oh, and Aledo is still around.

Pugh, understandably, could not comment on the would-be transfer, except to send a text saying, “We are extremely excited about moving forward and what the future holds for Pirate Nation.”

As for that future, what does it hold?

It’s not a certainty the Pirates will falter without Suitt. They were, after all, a playoff team the two seasons before he moved in behind center, and there was a complete roster of other players who helped Suitt and the Pirates succeed.

But just as with any team that loses its top player, the Pirates face their biggest challenge in a long time – and at a time when many are saying the next step should be WINNING a playoff game after four straight bidistrict losses. Even Pugh has indicated that just getting to the postseason is no longer the best measuring stick, but it’s a good bet he was counting on Suitt to play a big role in making that advancement.

Since his arrival, Pugh has taken one of the worst programs in Texas and turned it into a perennial playoff team. Last season excited Pirate fans like they have not known in decades.

But if Suitt follows through on his decision, it may take Pugh’s best coaching yet to keep that excitement going.

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