Gathers' coach talks about his recruitment

On Tuesday news broke that Ricardo Gathers would open up his college recruitment. Scout.com talked to his high school coach to get the full scoop.

One of the biggest stories of the early signing period is the news that Ricardo Gathers has opted to open up his recruitment.

"He's going to sign in the spring," Reserve (La.) Christian coach Tim Byrd told Scout.com Wednesday morning.

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"Ricardo is just not 100-percent sure yet where he wants to go," Byrd added. "St. Johns is still very high on the list. He loves coach Lavin. He just wants to make sure in his gut wherever he goes is 100-percent and not 90-percent."

Since the decommitment, Byrd has already fielded a number of calls from college coaches.

"He's not doing this to open his recruitment where it goes crazy," Byrd said. "That's not what he wants to do. He just wants to make sure he's 100-percent"

"My phone has been ringing off the hook," he added. "It's been quiet since he committed. Now in the past four hours my phone is ringing off the hook. The thing that we don't want to do is get into the circus recruitment that he went through in the summer."

At this point, Gathers doesn't have a new list.

"Right now he's definitely not going to make a decision until the spring," Byrd said. "He has decommitted from St. John's, but they are still way up on his list."

"He really doesn't have a list of schools that he's now targeting," he added. "He wants to let time past before he signs. The bottom line is he is opening back up, but at the same time he doesn't want things to get into a frenzy."

LSU is one school that is certain to try and get involved with Gathers. In fact, Byrd said they have been in the mix for quite some time.

"I think LSU has always been involved, since day one," he said. "They are here locally and close. Again his release speaks for his self. His release talks about decommiting from St. Johns, but it's not out of the possibility that he signs with them."

Gathers, a four-star prospect, is ranked No. 34 overall in the 2012 recruiting class.


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