Five-star's ‘heart dropped' after offer

Alabama has had success in pulling elite talent from the Tidewater area of Virignia in recent cycles, landing a five-star defensive linemen from the area in each of the last two, and the class of 2015 has similar talent. On Monday, Nick Saban personally offered area five-star Ricky DeBerry and it made an impact despite the junior having more than 50 additional extensions to his name.

Nick Saban and area recruiter Lance Thompson have done quite well in the front-seven over the last two recruiting cycles, and one of trends is the state of Virginia. Particularly along the defensive line, Alabama landed five-star Jonathan Allen in 2013 and inked five-star Da'Shawn Hand last month as a part the nation's top 2014 recruiting haul.

In the class of 2015, there is a new, yet similar target.

Five-star Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's School outside linebacker Ricky DeBerry, who learned of his Crimson Tide offer from Saban himself on Monday.

"My heart dropped," he said. "I couldn't believe he actually said it."

The extension is one of more than 50 that the 6-foot-2, 240-pound prospect has picked up. Most of the colleges on his list, which includes most of the SEC and ACC, want him to attack signal-callers and Monday's news had a similar purpose.

"He (Saban) likes me coming off the edge and pass-rushing," DeBerry said. "They see me as an outside linebacker or defensive end. I prefer that role, too."

Alabama is in on many from the state in 2015, along with friend and fellow five-star Tim Settle and four-star offensive tackle Matthew Burrell, among others. One difference between Deberry and that group is that he's yet to set foot in Tuscaloosa.

"I love the program! Winning program, loyal fans and a great head coach," he said of the Crimson Tide. "It (the offer) means a lot, just got to get down there and visit. I may be there in July.

"It'll be a regular visit, I'm looking to see the atmosphere and if I feel comfortable there. I'm not sure who I'm going with, yet."

What the No. 3 outside linebacker projection on Scout.com is sure of, is his skill-set and what makes him one of the nation's best. "Hard work, determination and I'm indomitable" is how he broke it down, rather quickly, but it's not as easy in separating one school from dozens of others at this time.

That process for DeBerry could begin soon, however. The Alabama offer holds weight, but doesn't change that.

"It's equal with everyone else until I narrow," he said. "I may start doing that over the next couple of months."

DeBerry is currently pegged as the No. 25 prospect in the class of 2015, regardless of position by Scout.


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