AUBURN, Ala. – The third member of the Auburn baseball program’s 2018 signing class is Troup County (Ga.) High School middle infielder Ryan Bliss, head coach Butch Thompson and his staff announced Friday.
“Each of our recruiting classes has attracted great student-athletes and families evident by the national accolades received,” Thompson said. “Auburn University is a powerful brand that competes in the most competitive league in America for our sport. The slogan of ‘we get who we are’ has served our program well.”
The next member of the Tigers’ class will be announced Monday.
— Auburn Baseball (@AuburnBaseball) November 17, 2017
Plays at Troup County High School for coach Craig Garner … rated the second best shortstop and 13th best overall player in Georgia … also ranked the 90th best player in the country by Perfect Game … turned in a .420 average with 30 RBI and 32 runs scored a season ago … hit .393 with 23 RBI and 35 runs scored as a sophomore … has stolen 64-of-66 bases in his high school career … named a 2017 First Team Preseason Underclass All-American by Perfect Game … also named 2017 Second Team All-State and the Troup High School Team MVP … three-time First Team All-Region honoree … competed in the 2016 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars … summer team is the East Cobb Yankees … Troup High School Senior Class President … member of the National Honor Society … also played one year of varsity basketball … son of Isiah and Rhonda Bliss.
Q&A with AuburnTigers.com
AuburnTigers.com: What is your greatest accomplishment?
Ryan Bliss: My greatest accomplishment is having my peers nominating me as Senior Class President. Also, being able to maintain a 4.0 GPA as a student-athlete is something I take a lot of pride in.
AT: How do you see the decision to come to Auburn impacting your life?
RB: Getting a degree from Auburn will help me grow and set me up to be successful in life. Also, working with Coach Thompson and the staff will help me not only become a better baseball player, but also a better man.
AT: What is your favorite thing about baseball?
RB: I like all aspects of the game - from daily practices to games under the lights. When I’m on the field with my team, nothing else matters but trying to get a win.