Ricky Slade (© Michael Clark)

Virginia Four-Star 2018 RB Slade Is Tight With PSU Assistant Huff

Get the lowdown on Ricky Slade's White Out visit to Happy Valley and learn why he is so close with a Nittany Lion assistant.

Virginia four-star RB Ricky Slade is among Penn State's top targets for the Class of 2018.

Slade has been a frequent visitor to Happy Valley. His latest trip there occured over the weekend, as the Nittany Lions pulled off the biggest upset in college football this year by beating No. 2 Ohio State 24-21.

Scout.com's Michael Clark caught up with Slade to get the lowdown on the visit. Here is what Clark reported.

"It's always a good trip," Slade said. "I didn't do anything new there … because I've also been many times. My favorite part was definitely watching them play.

"They have a new offensive coordinator (Joe Moorhead) and the offense looked good. I thought they played perfectly and the atmosphere in the stadium was amazing."

He spent a significant amount of time with one specific coach.

"I talked with (running backs) coach (Charles) Huff the most," Slade said. "We just had normal conversation, but I can tell he really wants me to come to Penn State. Out of all coaches recruiting me, I have the best relationship with him. I like everything about him."

In regard to upcoming visits, Slade does not have anything scheduled. 

Through eight games, Slade has 118 carries for 1,091 yards (9.2 yards per carry) with 14 touchdowns, and 18 catches for 254 yards and three more scores.

The Nittany Lions are unlikely to land a running back in the Class of 2017, as they have loaded up at the position the last two years. So it is a clear position of need for the Class of 2018, and James Franklin and company are aiming high, with offers to five four-star backs.

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