Quick Hits with Ricky Sapp

Bamberg-Ehrhardt's Ricky Sapp is one of two five-star prospects signed by the Tigers this year.

DE Ricky Sapp
Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School
Bamberg, South Carolina

STATS: Recorded 82 tackles, including 25 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a senior...an All-Region and All-State selection as a junior when he had 70 tackles, including 27 tackles for loss and 11 sacks...as a sophomore he was also named to the All-Region team...also the No. 1 defensive end recruit on the east coast as ranked by Scout.com.

CHOSE CLEMSON OVER: Florida State, Georgia, N.C. State, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

INTERESTING TIDBIT: Sapp is the first Clemson signee to be named first or second-team All-American by USA Today as a defensive lineman since Chester McGlockton in 1988. He is also one of two (RB C.J. Spiller) Clemson signees that were selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American game in December.

HE SAID IT: "My strengths are my ability to sack the quarterback," Sapp said. "I would also say my speed. I'm really fast. I want to work on my agility. I also want to get faster and stronger."

WHY CLEMSON? "It was really Clemson all the way for me," Sapp said. "I love the campus and the atmosphere up there on game days. You can't beat it. The seats shake up there for all the big games, and the crowd is always loud. I just felt comfortable with Coach Bowden and Coach West from the beginning. They let me know what it's going to be like and just made me feel comfortable with the whole process."

HS COACH SAYS: "I knew when I got here two years ago that (Sapp) was special," said head coach Ron Duncan. "He was already 6-4 and 185 pounds as a sophomore. He has the frame to play at 235 pounds as a linebacker. He could even get up to 260 pounds. Sometimes in practice he will play cornerback and dominate there. Ricky said in the past Clemson was where his heart has been. As a coach you just want to make sure they take their time and make a good decision. When they feel comfortable that they are ready to make a decision, that's up to them. Ricky has made this decision. We are very happy for him."

COACH BLACKWELL SAYS: "Ricky along with Jamie Cumbie are two guys that committed to us early in the process," he said. "You get a couple of national recruits early and it helps out a lot because you start to get a couple of guys committed in a row. If we signed Jamie Cumbie or Ricky Sapp or DeAndre McDaniel on signing day, everybody would be doing back flips. I want everybody to remember these other guys we signed (that verbally committed in 2005)."

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