"It's official, he just talked Coach (Jim) Grobe and assistant coach (Johnathan) Himebauch," said Western Branch assistant Jarome Bell. "He's excited about it. He gets to go down there and play with one of his buddies – DaiQuan Lawrence – and make some noise in the ACC for Wake Forest."
Football was not the deciding factor for Ricks.
"First, it was the academics that Wake Forest brings," said Bell. "Also, the family atmosphere and the class sizes because he likes the smaller classes. He wants to interact a lot with the professors, so he can make sure he does well in school. He just felt like Wake Forest was the best place for him to be able to do that."
What is Wake Forest getting in Ricks?
"They're getting a guy with tremendous speed," Bell said. "Second, they're getting a guy with a little chip on his shoulder because he wasn't as highly recruited as we all thought he should have been."
With his recruitment behind him, Bell said Ricks can focus on his senior season.
"Now, he can concentrate on football and helping us win the state championship," said Bell. "That's the goal this year."
Western Branch opens their season against Bethel on September 6.