Rickerson interested in Dawgs; others

Georgia is continuing its quest to recruit the best players – no matter what state they are from.

The Bulldogs already have a verbal commitment from Dallas quarterback Matthew Stafford, and they are continuing to look out of state at talent. Earlier this week, the Bulldogs offered Saint Augustine, FL cornerback Jacques Rickerson, but they will have a slew of teams to compete with in order to sign him. Florida, Penn State, Auburn, Tennessee, and West Virginia are on Rickerson's long list of favorites along with the Bulldogs.

"Coach (Kirby) Smart came down to visit me and he called me offered over the phone after that," said Rickerson. "I'll probably make my decision during the middle of the season."

Rickerson went down the list and explained what he liked about each of the schools on the top of his list.

Florida: "Because they have a new coach and their defensive scheme fits me."

Penn State: "I just would love to play under a legendary coach like Joe Paterno – that does not happen that often."

Auburn: "They are known for their defense – it's in the top five every year."

Tennessee: "Their defense is always up there, too. Also, I think I would have a chance to start early."

West Virginia: "They just lost a starting cornerback to the NFL, and they have great facilities – I am looking at facilities strongly."

As for the Bulldogs: "I feel real good about them. Their starters (Tim Jennings and Demario Minter) are leaving after this season. That means that everyone is even. I could have a chance at starting there in 2006."

Rickerson says that coaches are telling him that his "combination of size and speed and the ability to change direction" is the reason he is getting so many scholarship offers.

But it might be too late for two Florida schools according to Rickerson. Even if they offer "It's too late for Miami and Florida State – there is no use for them to try to recruit me now," he said noting that if the Hurricanes and Seminoles didn't notice him by now he wasn't interested in playing for them in the future.

Two schools, on the other hand, will see Rickerson up close at their camps this summer. He will camp at Florida and will travel to Athens for the Bulldogs' July 8-9 camp in Athens. He said he likely will not go to any other camps this summer.

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