Another Transfer In

Tom Ricketts becomes the fourth transfer from a Big Ten school since Todd Graham arrived, and the sixth transfer overall.

Panther Digest has learned that Penn State redshirt freshman offensive lineman Tom Ricketts has transferred from Penn State to Pitt.

Panther Digest was informed Saturday that Ricketts was contemplating the transfer. Sunday, a separate source informed that Ricketts had left the Penn State program. Wednesday afternoon, we are able to confirm that Ricketts has transferred to Pitt. Later, Ricketts confirmed separately that he is a Panther. In fact, he is ready to go for training camp on Monday.

"I am real excited to play for (head) coach Todd Graham," Ricketts said. "I'm real excited to listen to what he has to say, and get gong when camp starts.

"I'm moving in on Sunday, practice of course starts the next day. I'm going to a new place. It's going to be stressful (moving in), but as soon as I get acclimated, it'll run smoothly."

Ricketts also cited a desire to play in his hometown.

"I'm originally from Pittsburgh, just 20 minutes from Pitt, that's a lot of the reason right there," Ricketts said. "I'm coming back home, and I'm excited for it all."

He added again, that the enthusiasm of the new coaching staff played a factor as well.

"These guys, they're really happy, they're ready to go," Ricketts said. "I'm real excited about whet they're trying to do. I'm really excited to be a part of it. I'm excited to get into camp and get everything going. They really have a plan, and I'm exctied to be a part of it.

Ricketts said that even though he redshirted last year, he will have to sit out this year due to the transfer rule. He is eligible to play starting in 2012. Ricketts comes to Pitt as a tackle, where he has an excellent chance to start right away in 2012.

Ricketts signed with Penn State's 2010 class, along with fellow WPIAL standouts Miles Dieffenbach and Luke Graham. The three of them, combined with four-stars Dakota Royer and Kyle Baublitz on the defensive side, gave Penn State a nice edge on the interior line for that recruiting class.

Ricketts becomes the fourth player out of the Class of 2010 to transfer to Pittsburgh, joining Brandon Felder (North Carolina), Cullen Christian (Michigan) and Ray Vinopal (Michigan).

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