Three Big 12 schools highlight Ritten's list

Antony Ritten, wide receiver and Nebraska native, has his top three narrowed down - plans officials to each, including summer camp visits.

Things have certainly changed in Nebraska, especially for high school receivers that are trying to decide which out-of-state football program to go to. For the first time in nearly 50 years it's not such a bad thing to be a Husker receiver, which is exactly what Auburn, Neb. wide-out Antony Ritten is finding out.

Ritten, who had 40 receptions for 752 yards and seven touchdowns last season in a wishbone offense, has Nebraska in his top three. But he also said Kansas State and Iowa State are just as equal right now. None have offered so far.

"I'm just getting started with it all right now," he said. "I'm getting weekly letters from schools, sending out tapes, and just really trying to let it all sink in. But for now, those are my three I'm really looking at."

Ritten attended the Husker spring game, but wasn't able to get to Manhattan for K-State's annual affair. He also took part in the Adidas camp at Nebraska and the Nike Camp at Iowa.

Ritten is a tall, lanky receiver with good speed, capable of going over the top to make catches and able to outrun some in the straight-aways with his 6-foot-5 190 pound frame and 4.50 speed.

K-State's offensive schemes have caught Ritten's eye, citing the balance of rushing and passing.

"They can do it all and do it pretty well too," he said. "They come at you from all sides of their offense and can hurt you with any of it. I've heard a lot of good things about K-State and Coach (Bill) Snyder. They're always up there at the top."

Ritten, who plans to participate in the K-State and Nebraska camps this summer, plans to take officials to each of his top three schools he currently lists.

There has also been some talk of adding some weight to Ritten and using him at tight end, but nothing he said was real serious-sounding just yet. Ritten said he does plan to work hard in the weight room this summer to work on his quickness off the line.

"I've got good speed to pull away from people," he said. "But it's the quickness off the line that I want to improve on."


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