Ron’s unique set of skills allow him a certain degree of extra awareness when it comes to the safety position. A high school quarterback as well as safety, Tanner has the understanding of passing lanes and routes from the other side of the ball as well which should afford him a leg up on passing downs. While he red-shirted his Freshman year, he did see limited action in 2012 as he picked up minutes in 8 games while recording his first two tackles of his collegiate career.
Recruited by the previous regime, the Sophomore Tanner was ranked 14th on Bleacher Report’s 2011 Top 25 Safeties. A Rivals 3 star recruit in 2011, Tanner still has the ability to become one of those talents that serves as the “ranking” underdog and wows everyone in their college football career.
If this is to come to pass, however, Tanner has an uphill climb to surpass some of the big name safeties coming into the Horseshoe to play on Saturdays. 5 Star Phenom Safety Vonn Bell is likely to push for immediate playing time and if Tanner isn’t careful and diligent, his PT could slip away before his very eyes.
One thing is for sure, the fact that Urban Meyer even has the choice of having such depth at the safety position is something in and of itself. While Tanner may be a holdover from a previous time, he can still shine in a Silver Bullet defense led by Meyer and his staff. As the short HS highlight video shows, Tanner has that eye for the passing route that only comes from playing both sides of the ball.