I'll Be Back

During his own season this past fall, Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis dropped by Immaculata High in Somerville, N.J., to visit 2009 four-star running back Theo Riddick. He wasn't there long, but left with a message.

"He just said they were interested, and this wouldn't be their last time coming to Immaculata," Riddick said. "It was a great experience."

Weis won't be the only coach making a return visit.

Theo Riddick already has scholarship offers from Virginia, Rutgers and Boston College. A Scout.com top-100 player, Riddick is getting interest from all over the country. In helping Immaculata to an 11-1 record and a New Jersey state runner-up finish, the Somerville product ran for 1,192 yards on 159 carries (7.5 avg.), and 13 touchdowns. He had a long of 80 yards, and was named third-team all-state.

As a sophomore, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Riddick ran for 1,352 yards and 23 touchdowns.

"First of all he's fun," Immaculata head football coach Pierce Frauenheim said. He started the football program at the school 42 years ago, and stated that Riddick is one of the best to ever suit up for him. "His physical abilities. He's very quick. Excellent football speed. Excellent vision for running. Very elusive. And he's very tough. He's always going forward. And he has good hands.

"On defense, he's a hitter. On offense, he's a threat to go the distance on any play."

Riddick, who has a 2.7 GPA, reported a bench press of 250 pounds, a squat of 500, and a 4.5 second 40-yard dash time. He said he is very open with the recruiting process right now, but has always liked Notre Dame, Miami, Virginia, Rutgers, Boston College and Maryland.

"As of right now, I haven't looked into a school that hard," Riddick said. "I can say I'm looking for, number one, the graduation percentage because you can't play football forever. Number two, obviously the football program."

Syracuse told him they love him as a runner and as a safety. Other schools have talked to him about playing defense as well, even though he didn't play much this fall.

"Whatever gets me on the field," Riddick said.

Riddick said that he has dropped hints to his mother about taking some unofficial visits this coming spring and summer. He has yet to check out any schools, but would like to take a trip to see Weis in South Bend.

"Definitely," he said. "That's great school. They're just a powerhouse. Automatically a powerhouse football wise. And it's a great education. And you're playing for a coach that made Tom Brady in the NFL. You can't get better than that."

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