Panthers Prowling In Pahokee

Year after year, Pahokee, Florida puts out top-notch football talent. It seems the trend will continue this season, as Pahokee has a number of D-1 prospects and the Panthers, are hot on the trail of at least two of them. One has an offer coming in the mail, and the other is said to already possess a Pittsburgh offer.

Pahokee (Fla.) defensive back Ricky Gary, 5-9 and 177 pounds, has used the All-American Combine as a springboard towards more offers. Since participating in the Tampa combine, Gary has added offers from Pittsburgh, South Florida, Akron, and Middle Tennessee State

"Coach [Charlie] Partridge came by the school last Friday, he said Coach [Dave] Wannstedt loved my film, but he wanted to see my size," Gary said. "Partridge said they had wanted to offer, and now that he saw me they are. He called my high school coach [Leroy] Foster and told him the offer is on the way. I believe they have already offered my teammate Tamarcus Porter."

Pittsburgh will have a major battle on its hands for the services of Gary, Florida and Urban Meyer have now entered the mix.

"Urban Meyer and Doc Holliday are coming to the school on Tuesday to see me," Gary said. "I don't think the head coach would come to the school if they weren't serious."

We asked Gary to expound on his Top Five, and if it was set in stone.

"I named my top five a long time ago, but I'm wide open, you never know what will happen," Gary said. "This stuff can change at anytime."

Could Pittsburgh have a shot at the electric Pahokee athlete?

I think Pitt can compete with anyone they're becoming an elite type of program," Gary said. "A lot of my decision will be based on academics, the relationship I develop with coaches, I want to check out everything and see what the programs have to offer me."

In 2004, Gary recorded 61 tackles, five interceptions, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and 25 passes defended. He also excels on special teams; he had 16 punt returns for 312 yards and two touchdowns. For his efforts Gary was named second team All-State, first team All-Area, and first team All-Conference.

Gary had been previously offered by Kansas, North Carolina, Maryland, Ole Miss, and Wake Forest.

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