Yenchick selects Salisbury football

Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville running back Ryan Yenchick gains good yardage before being tackled against Methacton last fall. Yenchick is headed to Division III Salisbury University in Maryland for his college football.

PHOENIXVILLE - The surroundings seem just right for Ryan Yenchick.

Phoenixvilles all-around senior football star has decided to attend Salisbury University in Maryland for his collegiate football career.

Yenchick, an All-PAC-10 selection on offense and defense for the Phantoms, will be playing on the offensive side of the football for the Seagulls.

The 5-9, 180-pounder will be playing a slotback position for Division III Salisbury, which finished 9-3 overall last year and 6-1 in the Empire 8 Conference. Salisbury wound up losing at Widener, 28-7, in the second round of the NCAA playoffs.

I didnt want to go to a small school, said Yenchick. Salisbury has 10,000 students so it is big for Division III. When I went for a visit, it was a nice atmosphere. It is just 30 minutes from the beach, and I have a really good chance of starting during my freshman year.

Yenchick rushed for 1,113 yards for the Phantoms last fall and was also effective as a pass receiver, kick returner and blocker as well as a hard-hitting defensive back. He helped lead coach Bill Furlongs Phantoms to a 6-3 record in the PAC-10 and 7-5 overall, plus a berth in the District 1-AAA playoffs, where the Phantoms fell to eventual district champion Interboro in the first round, 35-14.

At Salisbury, Yenchick will be playing under 15-year head coach Sherman Wood and assistant head coach Doug Fleetwood, who is also the offensive coordinator for the Seagulls.

I visited there about a month ago, said Yenchick. I met the football team there and they seemed really cool. I seem to fit in there.

Yenchick also looked at Albright, Ursinus and West Chester when going through the college selection process.

They (Seagulls) won their division last year and lost to Widener in the playoffs, said Yenchick. Hopefully, we can keep that going for the next four years.

Yenchick plans to major in business at Salisbury. Business is a highly regarded field of study at the school.

Yenchick will be playing for the Liberty squad during the second annual PAC-10 Senior Bowl football game against the Freedom on Sunday afternoon, June 2, at Spring-Ford High Schools Coach McNelly Stadium at 3 p.m.

At Phoenixville, Yenchick was also a baseball standout as an outfielder for the high school (District 1-AAA champions in 2012) and American Legion teams before switching to track & field this spring along with weightlifting in order to help prepare himself physically for the rigors of college football.