RECRUITING: Rickerson looking for immediate impact

The hype, the build up... there is nothing like FSU vs. Miami on Labor Day or so St. Augustine's Jacques Rickerson thought. That was before he spent an evening in The Swamp watching the Florida Gators and the Tennessee Volunteers go at in in an old-fashioned SEC rivalry that had all the atmosphere and electricity you could ask for in a college football game.

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"I attended the Florida State vs. Miami game two weeks ago and I thought that it could not get any bigger that that game," Rickerson said. "I stepped into The Swamp and it was basically crazy!"

Rickerson came to the University of Florida on an unofficial visit Saturday night. He left The Swamp with his ears ringing and a real appreciation for the excitement and atmosphere of a game in Gainesville.

"They really love their football team!" Rickerson said. "You can tell because they never sit down and are never quiet."

Rickerson says that he is looking for a place where his specific talents are a true match for the team. He says that he is focusing on three schools at this time: "Florida, Auburn, and Tennessee are the ones that rise to the top because of the attention that they have been giving me."

Rickerson has scheduled visits to Penn State, Tennessee, and Auburn. He has not scheduled an official visit to the University of Florida yet. Each school has a different element that captures his interest.

Rickerson will visit Penn State on October 8, when they will be playing against Ohio State. "I would love the opportunity to play for the legendary Joe Paterno," he said. "I believe that I would have a real good chance to start."

Visiting the University of Tennessee on October 29, Rickerson will witness the match-up against South Carolina. This time he will get the opportunity to see the Volunteers in action with home field advantage. He says that he is considering Tennessee because, "They have a need for defensive backs to come in and play right away."

Rickerson will then travel to The Iron Bowl in Auburn, Alabama on November 19. "Auburn has a really good defense and a need at the corner position," he said.

Because he is hoping to step in and help his college team immediately, Rickerson has a particular interest in the University of Florida, which will graduate one of its starting corners.

"I am looking for a school that is low at the defensive back position, have people leaving early or graduating," said Rickerson.

He feels he is a good fit for the Gators because "I love to hit people on the football field."

Jacques Rickerson brings plenty of energy to the football field. He got a first hand look at the energy that is generated at The Swamp on game day Saturday night. He wouldn't mind experiencing the energy of Gator Nation someday while wearing orange and blue.

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