Ricks Says Tigers And Tide Neck And Neck

Talented lineman Jermarcus Ricks talks about his weekend visit to Alabama and his upcoming trip to Auburn.

Leighton, Ala.—--One of the state of Alabama's top prospects took an official visit to check out the Crimson Tide over the weekend and says the visit went very well.

Big lineman Jermarcus Ricks from Colbert County High has narrowed his choices to Auburn and Alabama and says the weekend did nothing to change his feelings on that.

"I had a great time on the visit," Ricks tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "My host was Jeremy Clark. He showed me around. He's a good person. I met some of the other players on the team. We hung out a lot.

"I would say the visit was about an eight," he adds. "Everything was good. I really did like the visit. Everything was just there."

Ricks is one of the top defensive line prospects in the South this year.

Despite having a good time on the trip, Ricks says that he definitely wants to take his visit to Auburn on Jan. 13. At that time he'll have a chance to compare his two favorites and see which one comes out on top.

"I'm just going to leave it that the schools are neck and neck right now," Ricks says. "There's no sense in me going back and forth, back and forth. They're just neck and neck. I'm going to see how my other official visit goes."

A player who was recruited by schools all across the Southeast after an impressive junior campaign and summer camp circuit, Ricks had plenty of opportunities to branch out and see what top programs like Tennessee, Georgia and LSU had to offer. In his mind though he had already ruled everyone else out but the Tigers and Tide and he says that helped him throughout the process.

"I think it helped me a lot," Ricks says. "I really just wanted to stay in-state anyway."

The half-brother of current Auburn linebacker Courtney Harden, Ricks says that while most would assume that would be big for the Tigers' chances, his Harden has been very good at not putting pressure on him to come to the Plains. For that he's very appreciative.

"He's just really staying out of it," Ricks says. "He just wants me to go wherever I feel comfortable. He's doing a good job. For him not to pressure me he's doing a very good job."

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