Tall, Athletic QB Plans Visit To Plains

A quarterback who put up big numbers says his second official visit will be to see Tommy Tuberville's Tigers.

Amite, La.--Lester Ricard is the textbook definition of the college football term known as a "soft commitment."

A 6-5, 200-pounder Prepstar All-American quarterback from Amite High, Ricard verbally committed to LSU after taking an official visit to Baton Rouge before Christmas. After a couple of weeks to mull over his decision, Ricard says he may have been premature on that decision and wants to keep looking.

"I am going to be at Auburn for an official visit on Jan. 11th," Ricard told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am looking forward to making the trip. This is an important decision for me and I want to make sure I am making the right choice."

Ricard is considered one of the top prospects in Louisiana this season.

Auburn is not the only other college the talented QB plans to check out before signing scholarship papers on Feb. 6th. He is scheduled to visit Alabama on Jan. 18th, Miami on the 25th and Tulane on Feb. 2nd.

Ricard is a three-year starter who passed for more than 2,600 yards as a senior while completing 62 percent of his passes. He threw for 25 touchdowns and was intercepted just three times. Ricard made his mark throwing the football as a dropback passer, but he is also blessed with good wheels. He runs a 4.68 and is a threat to pull the ball down and run if the situation calls for that.

"I am more of a dropback passer and I can run and make plays with my legs," Ricard says. "I prefer to throw, but I want to do whatever it takes to win. I think I can throw everything. I also believe it is important to have leadership qualities at quarterback. That is a big part of playing the position."

Ricard, who attended a summer football camp at Auburn this past summer, also visited the All-American Quarterback Camp in California. He also attended football camps at LSU and Clemson.

Commenting on his interest in Auburn, Richard says that he likes wide receivers coach Greg Knox, who is recruiting him, plus head man Tommy Tuberville. "It seems like Coach Tuberville is a real players' coach and that is good. You have to get along with your players. I like what they are doing up there."

When asked if he was just taking visits for social reasons and had already made his mind up to be an LSU Tiger, Ricard said, "I am still looking. I need to look out for me and do what is best for myself right now."

Commenting on LSU, he says he likes quarterback coach Jimbo Fisher and the success Fisher has had with quarterbacks at Auburn and LSU. He also says that LSU has a promising future, but adds, "You can also say the same thing about Auburn."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Ricard is a good student who should have no trouble getting qualified. "I hope to make the academic All-State team that is coming out this year."...He has already been selected to the Super Dozen, an annual listing of the state of Louisiana's Top 12 football prospects..He added 200 rushing yards as he led his team to the Class 3A state playoff semi-finals. A three-year starter, who played on the Class 3A state championship team as a sophomore, he is also a college prospect in basketball. He plays small forward and is averaging 18 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game, but says that football is the sport he will choose in college...As a sophomore he passed for 1,100 yards and as a junior he improved to 1,642 yards.

More Tiger Ticket Extra: In addition to his responsibilities in recruiting, Tommy Tuberville says he has been getting phone call after call from coaches who want to be considered for the vacant offensive and defensive coordinator positions. "Would like to guess how many phone calls I have had about the job already today," he said early Thursday afternoon, approximately 24 hours after he announced that he was replacing Noel Mazzone and John Lovett from the coordinator posts. Tuberville said he had received 75 phone calls about the job starting with an early morning breakfast call at home from a former Division I head coach who was lobbying for the offensive coordinator job. Tuberville smiled when it was suggested he might be the most popular man in San Antonio, Tex., next week where he will attend the annual national coaches convention, which starts on Sunday.


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