Ryan Switzer (born November 4, 1995) is an American football wide receiver and return specialist. He is currently in his Senior year playing college football for the North Carolina Tar Heels football team.
Switzer attended George Washington High School in Charleston, West Virginia, where he was twice named the West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year, Kanawha Valley Football Player of the Year by The Charleston Daily Mail, conference player of the year, three-time first-team all-state, two-time first-team all-state captain and was a Class AAA all-state selection. He was also a two-time winner of the Kennedy Award, given to the West Virginia state player of the year (he is only the sixth two-time winner in the award’s 66 years). As a junior, he led the team in receiving and scored 12 total touchdowns (receiving, rushing and return combined), averaging over 110 yards all purpose yards per game for the No. 1 ranked team in the state. He finished his senior season with 206 carries for 2,379 yards and 32 touchdowns; he also caught 20 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns and returned three interceptions for scores. He finished his prep career as George Washington’s all-time leader in rushing and scoring total yards, scored 103 total touchdowns and finished in the top five in West Virginia history in touchdowns and points with more than 8,100 all-purpose yards. He was the 2012 Under Armour National Combine champion.
In addition to football, Switzer participated in basketball, helping lead George Washington to the 2011 AAA state basketball title as their starting point guard. Also a standout track & field athlete, Switzer finished 5th in the 2010 AAA state track meet in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.1 seconds and 6th in the long jump at 20'6" (6.27m) and was the lead man on the 4x100 and 4x200 teams that won state championships. He was timed at 4.33 in the 40-yard dash, completed the 20-yard shuttle in 3.9 seconds and had a vertical leap of 34 inches.
As a freshman in 2013, Switzer led all NCAA major college players with an average of 20.9 yards per punt return. As a sophomore in 2014, he caught 61 passes for 757 yards and four touchdowns. In a controversial ruling in October 2015, a 70-yard punt return by Switzer was negated by a ruling that he had given an "invalid signal" before the return.