RECRUITING: Rickerson Will Visit AU Saturday

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Jacques Rickerson, a 5-10, wide receiver/cornerback from St. Augustine High School will attend the Iron Bowl in Auburn, Alabama.

"I will take my second official visit this weekend to watch the Auburn vs. Alabama game," said Rickerson.

Rickerson took his first official visit to Tennessee on October 29, when South Carolina came to town. Rickerson enjoyed the visit to Knoxville, saying, "It was nice … everything was really nice … the facilities, players, coaches, and fans."

Rickerson has not scheduled any other visits at this time but intends to take all three of the remaining visits before he makes a verbal commitment in late January.

Touted as one of the nation's top corners before the season, his recruiting has only picked up steam as he put together a solid season that has been a masterpiece of how to score touchdowns. Rickerson scored nine touchdowns during the regular season: four by pass receptions, one by a blocked punt, one by a blocked field goal, two by interceptions and one by kickoff return.

That kind of season has thrust Rickerson into the recruiting limelight. Some of the top schools in the country are calling.

"I am being recruited by Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Auburn, West Virginia, and Clemson," he said. "I like the way each team plays defense and each of them has defensive backs graduating, so that gives me a chance to get on the field early. "

South Carolina is recruiting him to play both offense and defense.

So many successful cornerbacks take on an attitude. When they do their job well, nobody notices but when they make a mistake, everybody sees it. They are out on an island, all by themselves and sometimes it does take an attitude to survive and succeed. Rickerson sees some similarities between the Tony Montana movie character that was played by Al Pacino.

"I love the movie Scarface, because he was nothing and went on to the top of everything," said Rickerson. "I feel no one knew who I was and now I'm at the top of everybody's recruiting list."

Along the recruiting trail he's met some of the nation's top recruits. He's enjoyed the opportunity to mingle with other top players. It has been a chance to expand his horizons. On the visit to Tennessee he said he "made friends with Jerimiha Hunter of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania."

St. Augustine opened the state 3A playoffs last week with a 31-6 win over Raines. The Yellow Jacksets face Pensacola Friday night. A state championship and a scholarship to play football at one of the nation's top schools would make this quite a senior year for Jacques Rickerson.

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