Person Recruiting Hard For The Wolfpack

Heritage (NC) tailback Ricky Person has not only established himself as one of the top players in North Carolina but he's also become one of NC State's most vocal recruiters. Pack Pride caught up with him for the latest.

Ricky Person has been committed to NC State since January and he doesn't have any regrets. The Wake Forest (NC) Heritage receiver has made three visits to NC State during the spring and he plans to continue to make the quick trip over to Raleigh whenever he can.


Even though there are other schools that would love for Person to reconsider his decision Person is more interested in helping NC State to recruit other targets than thinking about what other schools have to say to him. Some of that is because Person is a three-sport star who just doesn't have much free time. He plays basketball and baseball along with football so he's happy to have his future home picked out with so much time to go before his senior year.


Person is known by a lot of other top football players in the state and even though each has to make their own decision his word and his effort could help NC State's chances. 


"There are too many guys for me to name," said Person.  "I've been talking to a whole lot of people and I mean a whole lot of people. It's too many to name. I'm going to be talking to so many guys, I couldn't even tell you all of them. Devin Carter from Clayton would be a big one. I've known him because I camped at his high school or whatever a long time ago and me and him have just stayed in touch since then.

"Another one would be [Demarcus] Gregory. He's one of the top wide receivers out of South Carolina. He's another that I'd love for us to get. I've been on Joseph Boletepeli a lot too."


Person was at State for two spring practices and the spring game. He was able to talk to some other visiting football players while he was on campus then. As he visits State over the summer and into the fall for games he plans to talk to more players.


Those visits were not just another chance for Person to talk to other recruits. He was there to talk to his future coaches and watch his future teammates.


"What stood out to me from watching them was they got a whole lot returning back for their defense this year and they should be very sound. They should have one of the top d-lines for the ACC this coming year. Also I really like that they got a really good young offensive line. By the time I become a freshman up there they should have a lot of seniors and older guys on their line. I would be running behind a whole lot of depth."


Person wanted to sit in on a position meeting but he had to be in school during the times when those would have taken place. "But I've got a great relationship with coach Kitchings and me and him talk a lot. We have one of the closest relationships right now," said Person.


Person has already played a big role in helping NC State's recruiting class to expand. Several weeks ago NC State commitment Thayer Thomas gave Person a shout out when talking about his own decision.


"I wasn't really hearing much from NC State and coach Doeren came to our homecoming game to watch Ricky play," said Thomas. "I had a big game... I think over 100 yards and a touchdown or two, and it caught his eye. After the game he sent coach Holt a cool text message about how well I played, and that started my relationship with NC State. It makes me wonder if it was a perfect time or situation for me... him coming to that game."

After a tremendous performance at the recent Nike The Opening Charlotte, Person received an invite to The Opening, a prestigious event that hosts the nation's top prospects.

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