NC State was the first FBS offer for four-star Franklinton (NC) tailback Ricky Person and they’ve been the team to beat for months. The relationship actually extends back nearly a year when the Pack hosted Person at their Alpha Wolf Showcase Camp last July.
Now holding offers from Duke, East Carolina, South Carolina and Wake Forest in addition to NC State, Person has emerged as one of the top prospects for the class of 2018.
Despite already holding a Wolfpack offer, Person worked out at State’s camp recently and explained to Pack Pride why he made that decision.
“The grind never stops because once you’re a dog, you’re always a dog. I mean, you want to get better every day so I never take my days off so you keep pushing yourself until you can’t push yourself any more and then greatness will happen.”
One of the key connections between Person and NC State is running back’s coach Des Kitchings. Person said the two of them are on the same page as far as the rising junior’s future is concerned.
“I love coach Kitchings. When we were doing the drills he was pushing me and I like that. He’s always trying to get the best out of you. I mean, he just wants to see the great in me and excel and go to the NFL, just like my dream goal. I want to go to the NFL so he’s going to push me so I just love coach Kitchings.”
Person (6-2, 202 pounds) is a versatile prospect that could play running back, receiver, safety or even linebacker in college. He prefers running back and says the Pack is telling him they’d like him to play running back and slot receiver should he choose NC State.
In addition to NC State, Person also recently visited a couple of high profile programs with his father.
“I went to Georgia and Clemson and they were talking about offering me. They just want to wait and see how things plays out but they told me they’re going to keep in touch with me and I’m high on both of their radars.
“I love both campuses but I loved Clemson’s campus the most. Not even just the campus but the coaches, the players that were out there. It’s family when you go out there. That’s what it’s about really. You know you’ve got someone to go to when you need someone. So when I went out there that’s what I really got the feel for. I got that feeling at Georgia too but Clemson really stood out the most.”
A couple of months ago Person told Pack Pride that State was his leader followed by Duke. Is that still the case?
“It’s still that exact same way. State, they keep good communication with me. I’ve got family up here and also I like State because it’s right up the road from my family and I want my family to be able to come watch me play. It’s a good area for me and I love it.”