Ricker picks Maryland

Jeremy Ricker, the talented quarterback from Harrisburg (Penn.) Bishop McDevitt HS, faced the cameras on ESPN News and declared he would be headed to the University of Maryland in 2006 to play football. Ricker had narrowed his choices down to Maryland and Oregon, but said Eugene would be "a little bit too far" from his home in Pennsylvania.

Had Ricker committed to Oregon, it would have been the Ducks first public commitment for next year. While the commitment by Ricker seems final, no verbal commitment is binding until a letter of intent is signed. High school student-athletes are not able to make the binding commitment until next February according to NCAA rules.

With Ricker off the boards, it would appear that Cody Hawkins, Boise (Ida.) Bishop Kelly HS or Jake Locker, Ferndale (Wash.) are the Ducks top targets. Hawkins, 5-11, 180 is the son of Boise State coach Dan Hawkins is a 3-star quarterback and is described as very athletic and well trained as a player.

Locker is a 4-star player and considered the top quarterback prospect in the West this year by Scout.com

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