Heavily recruited QB Ricker gives Terps oral commitment

Pennsylvania standout: `It's a perfect fit for me'

College Football

July 07, 2005|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

The University of Maryland football program scored a significant victory on the recruiting trail yesterday, getting an oral commitment from quarterback Jeremy Ricker, regarded by many as one of the best in the country at his position.

Ricker, from Bishop McDevitt High in Harrisburg, Pa., chose Maryland over Oregon, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Virginia, Miami and North Carolina, among others. Ricker will be a senior this fall and won't arrive in College Park until 2006, but he is already ranked as one of the top 100 players in the country (No. 92) by Rivals.com and is considered the third-best dual-threat quarterback in his class.

"It really came down to where I felt comfortable," said Ricker, who announced his decision on ESPNews. "I really love the location, and I feel like it's a place where I can not only get to the next level, but where I can get a really good education. It's a perfect fit for me."

Ricker said his respect for Bishop McDevitt quarterbacks coach Dick Shiner was a big factor in his decision. Shiner, who played quarterback for the Terps from 1961 to 1963 and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2000, assured Ricker that Ralph Friedgen was the right coach for him.

"I think he's the perfect coach," Ricker said. "He's won a national championship [as a Georgia Tech assistant], been to the NFL, and now he's back in college doing a great job."

Ricker - a two-year starter who is 6 feet 2 and 205 pounds - led his team to a 10-3 record in 2004 and a spot in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class AAAA semifinals, the farthest his school had advanced in the playoffs since 1995.

In two years, Ricker has thrown for more than 3,000 yards and tossed 37 touchdown passes to go with 14 interceptions.

"He has a real strong arm, really good feet and he's an accurate passer," Bishop McDevitt coach Jeff Weachter said. "I think he also knows the game really well for a high school quarterback."

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