Wyatt wins LB MVP at Baton Rouge NUC

Neville inside linebacker Ricky Wyatt took home the LB MVP award at the recent Baton Rouge National Underclassmen Combine.

"It was nice and there was a lot of competition," said Ricky Wyatt, when asked about winning the MVP award for linebackers at the recent Baton Rouge NUC. "I felt like I did my best in the bag drills, position drills, and dropping back into coverage. I've improved a great deal in those areas.

"I'm working on getting bigger, faster, and stronger. I've gotten mail from a couple of schools: Southeastern and UCLA. I'm going to Southeastern's Junior Day on March 16th."

Wyatt is very familiar with SLU, having seen former Neville great Mark Newbill (another inside linebacker) star on the field for the Lions the past four years. Newbill, in fact, is the career-leader in tackles for the Lions with 400-plus stops.

"I look up to him," said Wyatt of Newbill. "He flies around to the ball. I've been watching Southeastern for awhile, and I wouldn't mind playing for them."

Last fall, Wyatt was second on the team in tackles for Neville, and he doubled as a highly-effective short-yardage specialist at fullback (4 touchdowns on only 11 carries). He led the squad in sacks and even picked off a pass.

"It was disappointing where we stopped last year," said Wyatt, referring to Neville's one-point loss to Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette, La.) in the 2010 Class 4A quarterfinals. "I have to give credit to him (TCHS quarterback Dshaie Landor), because he made plays. I've been seeing him at these camps and combines, and he knows how to release the football. He gets the ball there."

Neville, which captured the state title in 2009, got off to a slow start (1-5) in 2010. However, the Tigers rebounded to win six in a row down the stretch.

"We fought hard to overcome adversity," said Wyatt. "We shook back from some things and finished strong."

Wyatt is looking forward to the prospect of playing with QB Jamond Collins, who transferred from Carroll High School.

"He'll be a big part of our offense, because they (Carroll) run the same offense as us," Wyatt said. "And that will free up ('13 stud) John Diarse to play quarterback or wide receiver.

"I'm just working hard and looking forward to the new season."

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