Richie Schiccatano, 5-10, 175, RB, WR, CB, K, 4.37, Shamokin Area High School, Shamokin, Pa
"Hofstra, Lehigh and Rhode Island. I was recently at Princeton and they told me that if I got my SAT's up that they would be interested and I could play right away. My grades are great. I have a 97 average in the first semester and I'll take the SATs on December 6."
"I am also being recruited by Army. They sent me tickets to the Army-Navy game. It is great, you get to listen to a speech by the President."
"My coach and I will be sending tapes to West Virginia and Pittsburgh."
"I like Princeton, Rhode Island, Lehigh and Hofstra. I am hoping for some Div 1A offers as well."
"Rutgers was sending me stuff regularly. It is a great program. They are always underdogs but they are always doing well."
Season this year
"We finished 11-2. I finished with 1030 yards and 16 touchdowns. We won the district champions for the first time 1996 and we made the playoffs. We just lost Friday to Mannheim, they will be playing the defending state champions."
Richie is currently a 5'10, 175 lb. (and growing), Wide Receiver / Corner Back / Running Back and Kicker, for AAA, Shamokin Area High School, Shamokin, Pennsylvania. His Head Coach is Carmen DeFrancesco and his Strength and Conditioning Coach is his father, Rich Schiccatano (570.648.1793). Richie is also the leading Sprinter and Long Jumper on his Track Team and in the same season, was also the designated base runner for his Varsity Baseball Team. He had posted a 34" vertical jump, at camp this past summer and is a very, very quick, slash style runner but is also very strong and versatile and has great hands. He had gained 1015 yards rushing last season, on 146 carries. He is also one of the leading receivers in his league. Richie held his regions scoring title this year, with 131 points, including, fifteen rushing TD's, two receiving TD's, sixteen extra points and three field goals (long of 45 yards). Richie was invited and participated in a Nike Camp at Penn State this year and even with a slight hamstring injury, he posted the second best 40 time in camp. He is actively identified on the "Pennsylvania Top 25 Juniors To Watch" and the "National Juniors To Watch" listings. He carried his team to their 11 - 2 record, which placed them at #5 in the Pennsylvania, Big Team, AAA State rankings.
" I have been working hard in the summer with my cousin Nate (red shirt freshman at Notre Dame). We were working on speed drills 5 yard, 10 yards, 40 yards, acceleration. We were working out three hours every morning. It really helped. I ran a 4.37 at the Hofstra camp and a 4.31 at the Rhode Island camp."
"I am mainly a running back but I caught some passes on screens and fades. I had 18 or 19 touchdowns last year and few were on pass plays out of the backfield, they try to get me the ball because of my speed. In my last game I got the ball twenty one times. In some of the camps I have been two they put at wide receiver because people can't stay with me on my first few steps."
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