Jeune Goes In-Depth on Commitment

St. Joseph's-Montvale (N.J.) High receiver Ricky Jeune committed to Georgia Tech on Sunday, and he went into detail on why he made the decision. He also disclosed whether he will make more official visits.

St. Joseph's-Montvale (N.J.) High receiver Ricky Jeune and his mom had a 12-hour car ride ahead of them, so they left Georgia Tech's campus in style.

During a meeting to close the weekend visit, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Jeune met with coach Paul Johnson and committed.

"It was great. Everybody was excited," Jeune said. "All the coaches came and congratulated me. Everybody was excited. It felt good. I'm glad I got this over with and I'm ready to play ball.

"Everybody knows you can't play football forever, so it's good to have something to back it up." Jeune was also considering Purdue, but said his recruitment is finished and he will not make any other trips.

"To be honest, it felt like I was home," he said. "From the coaches to the facilities to the players, it felt right. They said I would have a great opportunity to play as a freshman and they want to open (the offense) up a little more."

Jeune, who caught 36 passes for 882 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, has the size to be a formidable blocker in Georgia Tech's offense, but also can stretch the field in the passing game.

But the prerequisite to get on the field is blocking, and Jeune prepared for that aspect of the game.

"I think I'm pretty good at blocking," he said. "I'm a pretty big receiver, and when I get there, they're going to get me even bigger. I'm in the gym now and working, so I think I'm strong enough, but it's always good to get even stronger."

Jeune had a sensational time on his visit, and he got a very good feel for campus life and what it will be like to go to school in Atlanta. He was hosted by freshman receiver Michael Summers, and the two hit it off.

"As soon as I got there we ate lunch and they gave us a tour of the facility," Jeune said. "We went out to dinner and then my host took me out. It was good because they showed me around.

"We ate breakfast (Saturday) and then we went to the stadium, and then we went to the recreation center. They have a lot of nice things there, and we went to the indoor facility."

Jeune also received a strong vibe from Johnson, and enjoyed his no-nonsense approach.

"He's a great guy and he's totally honest with you," Jeune said. "He tells you how it is."

Rather than celebrate with friends or family, Jeune needed to leave campus quickly for the long car ride home.

In fact, he didn't even get a change to stop at the bookstore to pick up any Yellowjackets gear. But after arriving home close to midnight Sunday, he was relieved and relaxed.

"It's a weight off my shoulders," he said. Everybody always asks me, ‘Where you going? Where you going?' "

Now, he will have an answer.

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