Gary a Panther, not a Buckeye

Cornerback Ricky Gary (5-ft-8 ½ inches, 180 pounds) from Pahokee High School in Pahokee, FL ranks as one of the top defensive players to join the Panthers' stellar recruiting class of 2006. Panther fans were shocked to see he had scheduled a January 6th official visit with Ohio State. PantherDigest.com contacted Ricky to discuss his upcoming trip.

"I have been doing some thinking and I don't think I'm going to visit Ohio State. Like I have told you all along, I'm solid with Pitt. I want to be a Panther," stated Gary. "I'm not a Big Ten style player. They don't throw the ball enough and I want to be challenged gamed to game. To be real honest, I wouldn't have changed my commitment even if I did visit Ohio State."

Gary chose the Panthers over upper echelon football programs like Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Maryland and South Carolina. Ricky recorded 62 tackles, 2 interceptions and 25 pass-breakups as a junior. He is capable of running a 4.5 forty-yard dash.

"Official visits are overrated. I loved my visit to Pittsburgh. I went to Minnesota to say hello to them but it dragged on and I got really bored. I'm not in the mood to take another official visit. I don't understand how some of these guys take all five visits. I would go crazy."

"Sticky" Ricky visited Pitt during their home opener against Notre Dame. He was joined by several Floridians including defensive back (and teammate) Tamarcus Porter, North Broward Prep quarterback Dexter Davidson (Pitt commit), East Ridge High School wide receiver Richard Jackson (Notre Dame commit) and Western High School defensive lineman Jared Martin (Pitt commit).

Head Coach Dave Wannstedt and staff are in heavy pursuit of Gary's teammate Tamarcus Porter. Gary has stated in the past that he would like Tamarcus to follow him to Pitt and become his roommate.

When asked if Porter was high on Pitt, Ricky quickly replied, "Pitt is his leader right now. I talk to him every day about coming with me. I don't want to speak for him, but I think he'll be a Panther come letter of intent day."

Ricky was named 2nd team All-State, 1st team All-Area and 1st team All-Conference as a junior. Scout.com ranks him the 35th best cornerback in the nation.

"Over the holiday break, there are a lot of Pahokee players that come back home. They all play college ball. I made it a point to work out with them and play with them. I more than held my own. If you want to be the best, you play against the best."

"Tell all of the fans on your site I'm a Panther. I can't wait to get to Pitt. My goal is to become a starter."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.


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