Bishop McDevitt high school will likely have a number of Division I prospects in 2005. Irish Eyes was able to watch one of their top prospects in quarterback Jeremy Ricker at a recent Army combine.
Ricker is a sturdy 6-3, and appeared to be every bit of 200 pounds. He sported an impressive arm, and showed some nice accuracy on the day. He certainly lived up to the hype.
We spoke with Ricker briefly during the Army combine to find out if he might be interest in Notre Dame.
"Yeah, I have a lot of interest in Notre Dame." Ricker said.
"They've been sending letters throughout the summer and my season," said Ricker of the Irish. "They've been contacting my coach lately."
We asked Ricker if he's been to Notre Dame on an unofficial visit before?
"I haven't been to a camp there, and I haven't really talked to any of the coaches there," Ricker said. "I've heard a lot about it. I might want to take one of my official visits there. I'm thinking about that now."
Ricker did say he planned on visiting a number of schools this summer on unofficial visits.
"Me, my coach and my dad are going to do a Midwest tour," he said. "We're going to go out to Notre Dame and a bunch of other schools in the area. I'm really looking forward to it."
With many quarterbacks making early decisions in the past few years, we asked the junior quarterback if he'll likely make an early commitment.
"I'll probably go through the whole process," Ricker said. "I don't think I'll commit early."
A number of top quarterbacks attend team camps during the summer. Is Ricker planning on attending any camps?
"Probably not," he said when asked. "I'm not really sure. I went to one last year at Miami. I'm going to do the New Jersey combine and the Nike combine. I think I'll go out to California for the Elite 11."
We also spoke with Bishop McDevitt high school coach Jeff Weachter about his budding star quarterback.
"He's a very good player and has a really bright future ahead of him," Weachter said of Ricker. "We run a pro-style offense, but we also have probably the best running back in the nation (LeSean McCoy) so Jeremy doesn't get to throw it as much as some of the other quarterbacks. If he throws it 25 times a game, that's a big passing day for him."
Coach Weachter said Ricker threw for about 1,800 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.
"We lost our best receiver to injury so that really hurt him," Weachter said. "He probably had eight or nine touchdowns dropped.
"He's very physically talented. He's quick and has a very strong arm. He's a real student of the game. We have a former NFL player in Dick Shiner that coaches him so he's probably a little bit farther ahead in reading defenses than most high school quarterbacks. He really understands coverages very well."
We asked coach Weachter if Jeremy had expressed any interest in Notre Dame to him.
"I haven't really talked to him about the schools he's interested in," Weachter said. "I know I've talked to his dad about Notre Dame. I think with Charlie Weis coming there, and his background and everything, it might be a good opportunity for him.
"I talked to coach Cutcliffe on the phone about their quarterback situation, who they have now, and what they plan to do. I think it might be a good opportunity for Jeremy to look at. I actually have coach Latina coming here today so I'll be talking with him as well. I do know they're going to be recruiting him very hard.
Does Ricker have any offers at this point?
"Right now he has offers from Miami, Virginia, North Carolina State, Maryland and Virginia Tech," Weachter said. "We're just sending out junior tape so we expect him to get 30-40 offers really soon."
Comments: It's very early in the process to really know much of anything, but it's obvious that Ricker will be a top target for the Irish. Coach Weachter also said the Irish will likely be recruiting running back LeSean McCoy and defensive tackle Jason Kates from his high school as well.