Looking West

Harrisburg (Pa.) quarterback Jeremy Ricker (6-2, 205, 4.6) favors Oregon, Oklahoma, Maryland, USC and Cal. He denies a leader and only the Trojans have not offered.

"All these schools are tied up and even with me right now," said Ricker, from Bishop McDevitt High School. "I want to make my decision on committing to a program before the season. I won't go to any camps or unofficial visits this summer, so my decision is going to be based on my relationship with the coaches that I talk to.

"Oregon, Oklahoma and Maryland are all recruiting me the hardest right now.

"I like coach (Mike) Bellotti from Oregon. I like how they run a pro-style type of offense and how they've got great offensive linemen there. I think it would be a good fit for me. I'm just looking to get away to a different state, and be in a program that's going to get me to the next level. My dad's been to the state of Oregon before and he's told me some great things about it, but I've never been there.

"I've spoken with coach (Chuck) Long (quarterbacks) from Oklahoma a lot. They've also got a great pro-style offense there and I like the warm weather there too. They're good at getting their players to the next level and they always compete for a national championship," he said.

"Maryland was the first program to offer me. I was at their JR Day and I got to sit down and talk with coach (Ralph) Friedgen. We talked about the offense there, and how I'd fit into it. I enjoyed talking with him because he's a real down-to-earth guy. I've spoken with coach (Charlie) Taaffe (quarterbacks) from there also. They're a program that's good at getting their players to the NFL, and they'd offer me a great education.

"There's a great chance of me leaving Pennsylvania and moving further west with a program of my choice," he said. Ricker was at the Elite combine in New Jersey on May 4. He will also go to the Elite 11 combine at UNLV on June 25.

"I make big plays either running or throwing the ball. And I've got a real strong arm too. I'm very accurate and I see the field well on the move and the different coverages that are out there. I want to improve on my basic quarterback fundamentals and keep doing what I'm good at doing."

Final JR (10-3) stats: 107 for 184 with 1800 yds passing/17 TDs; 200+ yds rush/7 TDs; Bench: 345/Squat: 450/Power Clean: 255/Vert Jump: 31"

2.57 GPA/May first-time SAT scores unreported

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