Scouting Report: DE Ricky Sapp

A closer look at one of the biggest names in the 2006 recruiting class: 5-star DE Ricky Sapp.

DE Ricky Sapp
6-5, 225, 4.6
Bamberg Ehrhardt High School
Bamberg, SC

Strengths: Tall defender with long arms and quick feet. Speed and agility are his top attributes. Explodes off the corner and is athletic enough to recover when blocked. Can drop his hips and has the speed to cover tight ends, running backs and even showed ability to run with wide receivers during Shrine Bowl practices. His quickness allows him to get off blocks or to avoid them all together. Athletic enough to play standing up or with his hand down. Has the frame to tack on 30 pounds without losing mobility.

Weaknesses: Sapp will have to tack on at least 15 pounds to play defensive end at the Division IA level. He needs to work on his strength as good defensive tackles have been able to push him off the line of scrimmage. He needs to work on technique in order to prevent getting engulfed by bigger tackles.

Evaluation: Scouts rave about his explosion off the corner, but it was his ability to drop into coverage that really caught everyone's eye at the Shrine Bowl. Can punish a QB or drop back and run with a wide receiver if needed. He can carry the needed weight to play on the next level, but needs to tack it on quickly as he will likely be called into early duty. Ricky Sapp could be the fastest defensive end ever to sign with Clemson University.

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