Ricky Dixon might be the saddest
person this year at East St. John high school in Reserve,
Averaging over 20 yards a catch,
however, one might hearken back to the arguments of the old
Ricky isn't lamenting over the loss of their star player, because Perrilloux's infamous confidence wasn't solely his own. "We all had confidence that we could win every game," Ricky said. "Yeah, Ryan was confident, but we were to and it just kind of fed the entire team."
Ricky's confidence wasn't hurt by the fact that he had one of the best quarterbacks in the country throwing him balls, but most of the confidence this 6 foot, 3 inch, 210 pound receiver had was pure and simply from knowing what he could do once he had it in his hands. "There wasn't much I couldn't do out there," he said. "If someone played me tight, I was physical enough to beat them off the line and get open. If they played me soft, I could get the slant all day, but sometimes we just faked that and went over the top."
"Plus, if I got double-teamed, our other wide receiver (Louis Lee) would get them and he had like 1,100 yards after the year was done anyway."
There's going to be a lot of talk
about what Ricky is going to do at the wideout position, but there's a chance
that nobody will ever know. While there is a QB transfer to
No matter what that is, Ricky will bring one thing to the position that could be a by-product of his confidence and of course, his stats from his prior experience. It's that mind-set that some actually chided Ryan Perrilloux for having in abundance. It's not so much an arrogance, but an attitude that if it's you and me, it won't be you for much longer.
"As a wide receiver, you have to have that kind of confidence," Ricky said. "It's my ball. That's how I see it. And, it's up to you to try and get it from me and I'm not going to let that happen."
"If I know the ball is coming to me, you aren't going to get it. That's my ball and that's that."
The stats, the confidence and the
short-term future has made Ricky perhaps the best prospect in the entire state
It's not quite Ryan
Perrlloux-like in scope, but one would have to be pretty picky to discount the
Most people aren't looking at any
of those teams other than one, however, as the eventual home to
That list is going to grow and
continue to grow as the off-season continues. And, while Ricky isn't looking to
have a list of twenty-plus around December, he knows his decision won't come
until very late in the process. And, he isn't sure what teams he likes right
now, if any, but he's got one little bit of criteria that he'd ideally like to
adhere to if possible. "I just don't want to go where it's cold,"
Seems simple enough and most of his list would still find themselves feeling comfortable about where they sit right now, but what about the Nebraskas and Kansas States of the world? Are they out even before the recruiting battle has begun? "No, no, I'm not going to knock out anyone because of that," he said. "You go where you end up feeling the most comfortable and where it fits you best, so it might be some place where it gets cold sometimes. I'd just like it if it wasn't."
"Everyone is in the mix right now."
No matter what
"If you go to USC after they win a national title, that's not promise they are going to win another while you are there," he said. "You have to look at who's coming back, your opportunity to play early and other stuff. I want to go to a team that has a good chance to win, but I want to be on the field when it happens."
About the only question now for