Texas kicker eyeing LSU

LSU signed kicker Chris Jackson for 2003, but they may target another in next year's recruiting class.<br><br>Jason Ricks of Austin, Texas, might be the man the Tigers have in mind.

Jackson may be a Major League baseball draftee, and the only other kickers on the LSU roster are walk-ons. This would create a vacancy for a kicker like Ricks, who plays for Westwood High School in Austin.

Although the University of Texas is beary, the Tigers have a shot at stealing him away from Mack Brown's Longhorns.

Ricks (6-2, 185, 4.5), in addition to handling all of Westwood's kicking chores, also finds time to play receiver. As a junior, he connected on 12-of-15 field goals with a long of 50 yards and all 24 of his extra point attempts. He punted for a 39 yard average and hauled in 18 passes for 389 yards and two touchdowns.

Ricks' value is sky high because he can kick and punt at the college level but some coaches have hinted toward the possibility of him playing receiver.

"They're mostly recruiting me for kicking and punting," Ricks told Tiger Rag. "I would love to get a chance to play wide receiver but most are looking at me as a kicker and punter."

Summer camps are huge draws for players all across America and it is not any different with Ricks, who plans on camping at three of his top choices -- Texas, LSU and Texas A&M. Other schools he is considering are Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Missouri and TCU.

Texas and LSU are at the top of Ricks' list, but the Longhorns have been his favorite team since he lives not too far from the campus. But, the Tigers may have an inside shot if history has anything to do with it.

"They'll (Texas) give scholarships to punters but you have to be real good to get one as a kicker," Ricks said. "I know last year they didn't get the kicker they wanted, so this year they have to get one. I'm just going to go to their camp and show them what I've got and hopefully everything will work out."

As for LSU, Ricks is intrigued by the culture and lifestyle in South Louisiana.

"Baton Rouge is an interesting place," he said. "Anywhere in that area and close to New Orleans is going to be good. On Saturdays, everyone is at the game and they're there all day. It's a partying place."

Grades will not be a problem since Ricks sports a 3.76 grade point average and he just recently received his SAT results.

"It was an awesome feeling," said Ricks shortly after he found out he made a 970 on the test. "I got back the test score and I was just like please let me have it."

Ricks' success does not end on the gridiron and that will play heavily into his favor down the road.

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