RECRUITING: Rickerson commits after FSU game

Jacques Rickerson is probably the highest rated cornerback on the Gators recruiting board. On Saturday night he became the highest rated cornerback commitment for the Gators. The 5-10, 180 pound speed demon from St. Augustine was in attendance for the blowout win over rival Florida State on Saturday night and afterwards gave Coach Urban Meyer the great news.

(Jacques Rickerson profile)

"I committed to (Meyer) after the game," Rickerson said. "I said this is the place I want to be, and he said ‘welcome to the family'. Basically it was about playing early. They are losing a lot of corners next year so that was big."

Rickerson made it a family affair as he became the second member of his family to commit to the University of Florida 2006 recruiting class. He said, "It just really felt like home to me. My cousin, Jamar Hornsby, and I have been talking about it for a while. We were going to commit at the same time but he did it a little earlier than I did."

Rickerson loved the atmosphere in The Swamp Saturday night and the locker room. "It was very exciting! I didn't expect the score to be like that but sometimes it works out that way. Everybody was going crazy in the locker room congratulating each other. The coaches were glad to hear the news that some recruits were making commitments to Florida," he said.

He has been heavily pursued by the Gator coaching staff and really likes what he sees out of the defense. Saturday night, the defense was exceptional in his eyes and it finally made sense to deliver a commitment to the coaches.

"Coach Mattison and Heater have been on me pretty solid," said Rickerson. "By the way, the defense tonight looked like it will be fun to play in. Coach Heater was in touch with me once a week. Coach Meyer sent me a text message every morning between 7:30 – 7:45. Coach Meyer was happy to hear the news. My first role as a Gator is to bring other big name recruits to the University with me."

Rickerson and his Yellow Jacket teammates are hoping to have two more state playoff games this year as they take their undefeated record against North Marion next week. He plays both ways and had 60 receiving yards in St Augustine's last game.

According to Rickerson, his skills are what the coaches were after. "I think my strong points are my change in direction, my speed and my ability in man to man coverage," he said.

Rickerson's decision to commit was not solely based on football. Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida is ranked as one of the top business schools in the nation. The highly ranked college of business was very important to Rickerson. Looking for a school where he could show his talents in the classroom and on the field, Florida was naturally Rickerson's first choice. "University of Florida's business school will prepare me for a career after football," said Rickerson.

He plans on visiting the Gators in December and has a couple more scheduled but now he may change those plans.

"I will take my visit on December 10th," he said. "I have two others set, but I may end up canceling those to West Virginia and South Carolina."

The Gators are in dire need of help from the cornerback position. Jacques Rickerson may be the top player on that board and will certainly come in and make an impact next season for the Gators. The Gators continue on their tear in recruiting this season so far...

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