Here is what Ricketts had to say.
On picking the Lions one day after fellow WPIAL star Miles Dieffenbach did the same:
"I committed to Penn State tonight. I had been feeling like this for about a week. The timing was kind of funny because I always figured Miles was going to Pitt and then he committed to Penn State at the same time I was ready. It was total coincidence."
Why Penn State?
"I just felt like Penn State was the right place for me. I love the coaches, the campus, the stadium, everything. It is funny because when I was little if you told me I would pick Penn State over Pitt, I would have never believed it. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do."
On how he broke the news to the Lions?
"I called Coach [Tom] Bradley and he was really excited. In the end, I am a momma's boy and I wanted to stay close to home. It was Pitt, Maryland or Penn State, and Penn State just felt right."
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