Richmond soph has Clemson offer

Last week, Clemson offered this 6-foot-3, 235-pound outside linebacker/defensive end from Richmond, Va.

OLB Ricky DeBerry Profile

St. Christopher's School sophomore Ricky DeBerry recently told CUTigers that he received the offer on Wednesday.

"My dad had been sending stuff to Clemson, sending my highlight tape," DeBerry said. "Also, [Sylvester Mayers], who played football at Clemson 20 years ago, he got me the coaches' numbers, so I called the coach and he told me they were very interested in me and they were going to offer me a scholarship."

DeBerry has spoken with both coordinators, Chad Morris and Brent Venables.

"They like my motor. They also like my first step off the ball. Those are two things I'm really trying to work on," DeBerry said. "Being one of those guys as a weak-side defensive end, the ball doesn't always come to my side as much. I just try to do my best at running stuff down, always trying to be around the ball."

What does he know about Clemson?

"Clemson is a great school. The football program the last couple of years, they've been one of the top schools in the country. It has some good players like C.J. Spiller, Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins.

"They have a great program. Hopefully, I can get up there soon, get to Death Valley and see how everything plays out."

Several schools have already hosted him for visits, including Kentucky, Virginia, Purdue, East Carolina, Tennessee and Penn State. Trips to Virginia Tech and Alabama have been scheduled for next month.

Along with Clemson, East Carolina, Iowa, Kentucky, UNC, Penn State, Purdue, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech have offered.

He has no favorites.

"It's really early. I'm just trying to enjoy the process, visit as many places I can, talk to the coaches and just enjoy the process. Later on down the road, I know it's going to be hectic. Right now, I'm just trying to have fun with it." Top Stories