"I had a great trip to Auburn this weekend," said Ricks from Colbert County. "It was my first game down there. I had a good time. I went into the locker room after the game. I watched how my position coach talked to the players."
"Coach [Tommy] Tuberville told me he would visit my house in December. He let me know how much they want me and need me at Auburn," Ricks added.
The game-day experience was a little different for the Auburn-Ole Miss game as Ricks said, "The atmosphere really didn't compare to Alabama. I guess it was because they were playing Ole Miss. I had a great trip though. I really enjoyed the game."
It's been a two-team race for his signature during the recruiting process with Tennessee turning up the heat in recent weeks. Ricks has ruled out the possibility of heading out-of-state.
"It's between Alabama and Auburn," he said. "I am not going to leave the state. Alabama is still my overall favorite. I am going to the Alabama-LSU game, and I will go to the Alabama-Auburn game."
Ricks was close to making a decision after his visit to the Plains, but said, "I will probably wait until after my senior season before I make my decision."
Colbert County (8-2) will host Winston County Friday night in the first round of the play-offs.