O’Ryan James is not the only standout athlete from his domestic.
The senior 3-star receiver from Ellender and Louisiana Tech soccer commitment shares that honor with his more mature sister Orieon James, a 2018 Ellender graduate.
Orieon aided the Ellender women basketball group earn the 2017 Course 4A state championship and was named the Most Remarkable Player of the championship activity. She also was part of the school’s Course 4A 4×100 state championship relay in track in 2016 and was a standout volleyball player.
The athletic achievements of Orieon, who signed to enjoy basketball at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi, had been not misplaced on O’Ryan.
“She influenced me a whole lot,” he claimed. “Everybody noticed her as a celebrity, but I grew up with her. I saw her amusing side, but I also noticed her get the job done ethic and her devotion and how when she really needed something, she went to go get it.
“That actually motivated me. The identical appreciate she had for basketball is the identical adore I have for my sport.”
The 6-foot-2, 182-pound O’Ryan said he savored the recruiting system but now he is centered on encouraging Ellender improve on final season’s 3-4 file.
He caught 21 passes for 240 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2020 and included two touchdowns on kick returns. He is the No. 45-rated prospect in the point out in the Course of 2022, in accordance to the 247Sports activities Composite.
“Everything has been good because I never really noticed myself right here (as a top recruit),” O’Ryan stated. “I considered in myself and my individuals believed in me and my coaches kept pushing me. I need to have to be much more of a chief this year. I am normally much more laid again, but I need to have to enjoy a lot more intense this year.”
Orieon reported she is thrilled to see how considerably O’Ryan has come, primarily right after he broke his leg just after producing a leaping capture and landing awkwardly on a fallen defender through his freshman season.
“I’m just very pleased that he held his head significant as a result of all of these moments of question and currently being identified to be the greatest player that he can be,” she explained. “I truly recognized that he was specific when he broke his leg his freshman yr and just the ache he went as a result of not taking part in and getting on the area reminded me of when I hurt myself actually negative and could not perform but that did not halt him.
“He received back again up and did almost everything he experienced to do to get back on that area to be even far better than he was in advance of.”
Ellender coach Jesse Turner explained whilst O’Ryan has normally led by instance, he will indeed be looked upon as even far more of leader this calendar year. The Patriots have just 13 seniors.
“He has been a chief for us the very last couple a long time just not vocally, but there is no doubt he sales opportunities not only on the industry, but in the classroom,” Turner claimed. “He was voted a unanimous crew captain by the coaches due to the fact of his attendance in summertime workout routines and his favourable mindset.
“He is a fantastic dude for the freshmen to glance up to. He is a significant playmaker for us. We know if we have to have a significant enjoy, we can dial his quantity. He will be our dude and the focal stage of our offense.”