Things Changing For Ricks After Iron Bowl?

Jermarcus Ricks talks about his trip to the 2005 Iron Bowl and what effect it is having on his recruitment.

Leighton, Ala.—Jermarcus Ricks has said for quite sometime that the battle for his signature in February is between Auburn and Alabama, and he has made no secret of the fact that the Crimson Tide has been leading that battle for a couple of months now.

However, the 6-4, 285-pound prospect explains that things have changed after he took an unofficial visit to the Plains for the 2005 edition of the Iron Bowl.

"The visit went great," he says. "Yeah, they (Auburn) really brought it back to even after the trip. There will be a 50-50 chance of where I decided I want to go now."

"Really, when I went down there Saturday the atmosphere was really good," he adds about why things are even between the Tigers and Tide again. "I liked it down there plus when I walked down to the Tiger Walk I was impressed. I love the Tiger Walk--it was pretty nice."

The athletic lineman notes that the game itself turned out a bit different than he expected. "I mean, I really didn't think Auburn was going to beat Alabama the way they did," he notes. "I thought it was going to be a neck-to-neck game and come down to the fourth quarter, but it didn't. Auburn played pretty good."

He also says that he was impressed with the things the Tigers were doing on defense. "I liked the way they were shifting around and I like their defense."

After the game Ricks, along with some of the other prospects, got the chance to check out the Tigers' post game celebration in the locker room.

"I got to go in the locker room after the game and I shook a couple of guys' hands while they were doing interviews," he says. "It was nice in there to see them celebrating and all. It was really nice."

Ricks, who notes that the atmosphere was his favorite part of the experience, adds that he got to talk with Tigers' defensive line coach Don Dunn after the game and they are currently working on setting up his official visit to the Plains.

Although he does not have a date set for his official visit to Auburn yet, Ricks says that he is planning on visiting the Crimson Tide officially on December 9th and adds that he should be ready to make his final decision after he takes both visits.

As a senior, Ricks got to play a little tight end on offense for Colbert County and says he finished the season with seven catches for around 200 yards and a touchdown. He also notes that on defense he recorded four or five sacks, but cannot remember how many tackles he had.


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