Riddick Ventures Outside Garden State

Theo Riddick hadn't been outside the state of New Jersey very many times in his young life, but the talented running back from Immaculata High in Somerville, traveled to Notre Dame this weekend.

"I just wanted the experience," Theo Riddick said. Besides Notre Dame, he holds scholarship offers from Boston College, Northwestern, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Virginia. "I really haven't traveled out of Jersey much. To come up to Indiana was a pleasure and hell of time.

"It was great. The campus was nice and everything went well. Everything was close by and all in walking distance. It was big but not too big. They have great students and great football players."

Perhaps the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Riddick will become one of them.

"Not yet," he said. "I'm going to have to think everything through. It was a great time and I just want to enjoy the experience."

Riddick took in Irish football practice on Friday, and the scrimmage on Saturday. He got some one-on-one time with head coach Charlie Weis, and also caught up with Duval Kamara, Mike Ragone and Steve Quinn, who all hail from the Garden State as well.

"Practice was crazy," Riddick stated. "We saw the scrimmage today. It was amazing. It had a lot of intensity and everything.

Riddick had one thing specific he wanted to ask the Jersey guys.

"I asked them about the transition from New Jersey up to Indiana."

Weis and Riddick talked for a few minutes.

"Nothing much," Riddick said. "He basically just stressed the academics and that they're going to keep recruiting me, and that was basically it."

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.

This week coming up, Riddick will leave New Jersey again, and check out Pittsburgh.

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