After leading the Arkansas State Red Wolves to back-to-back 10-win seasons and Sun Belt Conference crowns, plus a win in the 2013 GoDaddy.com Bowl, Aplin busily went to work w/professional trainers and personal coaches in an effort to raise his stock and profile for a potential future in pro football. Aplin drew lots of interest, and got serious looks from NFL teams like the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins, but in the end, came away from the process unsigned.
The Tampa, Florida native also garnered much attention from scouts with the Canadian Football League, but the timing was not right for Aplin to sign with a CFL team.
As former ASU quarterback and CFL player Corey Leonard recently explained to AstAteNation Radio, "Ryan is experiencing the harsh, business side of professional football right now."
Leonard explained that because Aplin spent most of his time and efforts trying to catch on with an NFL team, that by the time he learned he would not be signed by that league, most CFL teams had their rosters set.
Despite the setback, Aplin appears nonplussed by the developments. He says that while he understands that it'll be tough, he'll continue to work toward a potential future in pro football when the time is right again. In the meantime, he hopes to land a job at coaching his favorite sport on some level.
Aplin was back in Jonesboro for a few days this week and participated in the ASU-sponsored Scarlet Scramble golf tournament in Paragould along with former teammates Nathan Herold and Graham Bates.
Randy Myers is the co-host of AstAteNation Radio. The program airs Monday-Friday from 11-1 on The Ticket 970am/95.3fm and on the web at 953theticket.com.