Sooners spotlight: Ricky DeBerry

Scout gives you a unique look at five-star linebacker Ricky DeBerry.

Coming down the stretch of the recruiting cycle, and there’s no doubt Mechanicsburg (Va.) Atlee five-star linebacker Ricky DeBerry is one of Oklahoma’s top targets.

DeBerry, ranked No. 3 at outside linebacker, has made two trips to OU in the last 18 months. Included in that was a great official visit to Norman in September.

It’s clear DeBerry’s family has made a strong connection with OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, but there’s no telling if it will be enough when his decision is made next week.

Scout says:

DeBerry has a unique combination of power and speed. He fires off the ball and plays with great leverage. DeBerry also does a nice job using his hands to shed blocks. He plays sideline to sideline and has a non-stop motor. DeBerry also has a high football I.Q. and a knack for making big plays. Overall, he is one of the top prospects in the country and his best football is ahead of him.

Przybylo says:

DeBerry could be the shot in the arm OU needs for this class. The Sooners struggled at 8-4 this season and to land DeBerry would be a huge sign in terms of national perception.

Going beyond that, though, OU is in desperate need for linebackers. The Sooners somehow still have zero commits at the position. Though in great position for at least two or three of them, none of them are a slam dunk at this point.

OU needs to make a splash and win a big-time recruiting battle. DeBerry is an example of all those things. He is going to make an immediate impact no matter where he goes, but OU fans are certainly hoping he’s heading to Norman.

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