Riddick Talks About His ND Offer

All Theo Riddick could do was keep saying thank you while laughing in excitement. Charlie Weis gets that reaction from time to time.

On Monday, the Irish head coach offered the 5-foot-10, 185-pound running back from Somerville, N.J. a scholarship. Theo Riddick now has seven offers, with one from Penn State coming a few days before.

"It's been a great week," Riddick stated.

"Basically, coach Weis was like we want you as a running back, you're a top prospect. I saw your film and your acceleration, and your speed is tremendous, and you can help our program."

Besides Notre Dame and Penn State, programs like Boston College, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Virginia feel the same way about Riddick, as they have all offered a full-ride as well.

"(Weis) said basically that he wants me to come up there, they would contact me through email, that I'll talk to the other coaches and the assistants and get to know them, and he wants me to get up there as soon as possible," Riddick explained.

This past season, Riddick ran for 1,192 yards and 13 touchdowns, earning first-team all-conference and third team all-state honors. The last time Riddick ran a timed 40-yard dash, he clocked a 4.5 as a sophomore. His numbers were also more ridiculous that year, as he rushed for 1,352 yards and 23 touchdowns, while also intercepting five passes from his free safety spot.

Riddick has never been to Notre Dame.

"Actually, I have to call them back and schedule something," he said. "I'm going up to Penn State on April 5th for a junior day. "I'm going to get up to (Notre Dame) as soon as possible. I think it will be before the summer."

It's too early in the process for Riddick to name any favorites, but he added that Notre Dame is definitely up there.

"Number one academics, which Notre Dame obviously has," Riddick said of what he's looking for in a school. "A good football program, and then I'm just looking for a place where I can actually stay there. You will be there for the most of your time over the next four years, and I'm from Jersey and Notre Dame is in Indiana, so I won't be able to commute back and forth, so I'm looking for a place I can actually live."

Riddick helped lead Immaculata to an 11-1 record and a state runner-up finish this past season. On the hardwood Wednesday night, Riddick scored 11 points in a Sectional Championship victory over Don Bosco Prep. He is averaging 14 points and six assists on the year.

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