Matt Ryan, the Penn Charter graduate who just finished an amazing season for Boston College, is projected by many draft prognosticators to be the first quarterback taken in April's draft. He couldn't have picked a better representative to help his transition to the NFL, super-agent Tom Condon, who also represents Peyton and Eli Manning.

Ryan earned Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year honors after throwing for 4,258 yards and 28 touchdowns last season. Ryan led the Eagles to an 11-3 record, including a 24-21 bowl victory over Michigan State last season.

"Tom Condon was one of three agents we interviewed before last season, and Matt and I spoke last August about it," said Michael Ryan, Matt's father. "Tom was one of a handful of guys who had considerable quarterback experience. Tom was also a BC guy, but that didn't factor into our decision."

Ryan, from Exton, Chester County, also received input from Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, another Chester County product in the NFL, who shares some similarities with Ryan, including playing for an ACC school. He was drafted in 2004 by the Atlanta Falcons, who could take Ryan, after a coin flip at the NFL scouting combine this month determines the draft order among the Falcons, Oakland and Kansas City. Atlanta lost Michael Vick to the dogfighting case and had to rely on the unsteady duo of Joey Harrington and Byron Leftwich last season.

"Matt Schaub and his father were a big help to us," Michael Ryan said. "We felt after talking to the Schaubs, and getting some input from others, that we gained enough knowledge where we felt we made the right decision."

Matt Ryan, who graduated from BC with a communications degree last May, was working out in Arizona preparing for the Combine, Feb. 20-26 in Indianapolis, and did not return calls last night.

Condon, who is based in St. Louis, also represents Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn and Leftwich. *

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