Pitt Legacy Ricketts Gets Offer

It likely seemed like the day would never come, but legacy Tom Ricketts finally received a scholarship offer to play football for Pitt, his father's alma mater.

Tom Ricketts, whose father Tom played for Pittsburgh in the late 1980s and was a first-round draft pick by his hometown Steelers in 1989, is a 6-foot-6, 249-pound offensive tackle at North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pa. The Panthers offered him Saturday during their blue-chip day and scrimmage.

"Everything's going good for me, and as far as recruiting goes it's really starting to pick up,'' Ricketts said. "I've sent out a tape, and I'm getting a lot of interest now. I waited a while for a Pitt offer, but Coach (Dave) Wannstedt called me in his office (Saturday) and told me.''

This is Ricketts' fourth offer, as Maryland, Stanford and Illinois preceded the Panthers. Pitt signed former Ricketts' teammate Ryan Schlieper in February. He'll be a freshman offensive lineman with the Panthers this fall.

"There's a lot of different types of schools interested in me, so that's a good thing,'' Ricketts said. "I think the reason more schools are getting involved now is that I got my tape out, and they have a chance to look at my junior year. I just sent it out a couple weeks ago, so I could get more offers soon.

"Pitt was one of those schools who wanted to see more film of me, so I got it out to them as soon as it was ready. I've been talking to Coach (David) Walker and Coach (Greg) Gattuso, and I've also talked to Coach (Tony) Wise. My family has a long history with Pitt, so I'm very interested in them.''

Ricketts' father, mother and grandfather all attended Pitt.

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