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Texas signs Nolan Ryan's son _ yes, he's a pitcher

Reid Ryan, the son of major-league strikeout leader Nolan Ryan, is among four high school baseball players who have committed to the University of Texas. Ryan, a 6-foot, 170-pound right-handed pitcher from Alvin, has been clocked at 86 mph, a dropoff from the 98 mph fastball of his 43-year-old father, but is said to have a good changeup and breaking pitches.

"People expect you to be the same as your father," Reid Ryan said. "I don't think I'll ever be like my dad, but I try to copy him. I'd like to pitch 'til I'm 43."

Nolan Ryan, now with the Texas Rangers, said Texas also offered him a scholarship when he was a high school senior at Alvin. But he says his son is "overall a better athlete than me. He's developed as a pitcher. I just don't think he's shown as much velocity at his age."

Reid said he chose Texas over Texas A&M and Texas Christian, the Austin American-Statesman reported in Tuesday's editions.

Although signing date isn't until April, Texas also has received commitments from Gonzales pitcher Ryan Townes, who has been clocked at 91 mph, and shortstops Mike Hardge of Killeen Ellison and Tim Harkrider of Carthage.

Hardge, also a quarterback, turned down football offers from Nebraska, Arkansas, Houston, Southwest Texas and North Texas.