Can NU Pull In A Do-It-All CB From Florida?

Continuing the search for high quality athletes to fill up its defensive secondary, the University of Nebraska looks once more to the Sunshine State of Florida to find the appropriate playmakers. The Cornhuskers have identified one prospect that looks like he could have an immediate impact should he decide to don the scarlet and cream once next season arrives.

Jacques Rickerson may not be the tallest cornerback on the playing field, but few can match his ability to react and make things happen as quickly as he does.  The 5' 10" 180 pound Rickerson has had a knack for immediately changing his actions and with his 4.41 40 yard dash speed, getting from point A to point B, while taking time to stop at point C, hasn't been a problem.

He reports a 230 pound bench along with a 375 pound squat and 290 pound power clean.  Rickerson was a one man wrecking crew last year as he ended his junior campaigns with four touchdowns caught and one taken in on the ground. On defensive, he had 62 tackles, eight interceptions along with two touchdowns scored while sitting at his cornerback spot.

Rickerson was no stranger on the special teams squads either as he scored two touchdowns and blocked three punts.  The versatile athlete averaged 22 points per game on the basketball team and was a regional qualifier in the long jump event during his sophomore year.  He was named a second-team All-State pick on defense following the year along with garnering First-Team All-Area, All-Conference and All-County honors.

He currently holds 25 offers from the likes of Florida, Tennessee, Penn State, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Iowa, West Virginia, Clemson, Louisville, Maryland, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Indiana, Nebraska, Illinois, UCONN, Georgia, Kansas, South Carolina and Georgia.  His current favorites include Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Penn State, Tennessee, Clemson, South Carolina and West Virginia.

When it comes to Jacques' feelings about Nebraska, Rickerson isn't averse to the idea of playing for the Cornhuskers.  He just hasn't been able to chat with them much.  "Everybody has a shot.  I just haven't been in communication with the coaches," he said.  Rickerson plans on hearing much more from Nebraska once coaches are allowed to make phone calls.  Jacques complimented Nebraska on their style of defense and said that the prospect of him being a part of returning NU's Blackshirt defense to prominence is intriguing to him.

Currently, he has official visits lined up with Auburn for the Alabama weekend (11/18) and Penn State in their game vs. Ohio State (10/8).  He plans to also set up a visit to Tennessee at some point.  The other two slots, he says, are up in the air.  In terms of when to expect a commitment from him, Jacques said, "It'd be probably towards the end of my football season."

When it comes to the major factors that will play into his recruitment, Rickerson said, "I'm just looking for a chance to play early in a championship conference.  I want to be in one that could contend for the national championship.  I want to play in some big games," he said.

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