This is the season for recruiting and the Bulls coaching staff keeps the commitments coming. The latest USF commit is 6'0 195 pound Cape Coral HS running back Rickey Anderson JR.. Rickey transferred to Cape Coral High as a sophomore and has been a starter on both sides of the ball for the last two seasons.
Anderson is a three sport star, besides playing football, he also plays basketball, and runs track, As a junior Rickey said "I finished with about 730 yards rushing with 8 scores, and around 500 receiving yards with 2 scores, I also had about 200 kick return yards and returned one for a score. On defense I had 2 interceptions and returned one of those for a score also to go with about 60 tackles."
"Rickey is a great kid, he's just like another Nate Allen." said Cape Coral Head Coach Davis "and he came into the program and did really well. He was going to be an outstanding back for us this year if he didn't get hurt. We had to build around that and make adjustments as a team." Coach Davis also added "As far as stats and leadership, Rickey was already with us until the end when he had to have surgery on his knee.
Anderson recently had knee surgery for an injury that occurred over the summer, and is home recovering at this time.
"I'm Recovering from knee surgery for a torn ACL" Anderson said. "I first injured it over the summer in July while doing 7 on 7's when it was raining, and the doctors and he said it was partially torn then."
" I came back but tweaked it again on August 19th during the preseason, and had to miss the first three games."
"I actually came back in week four and scored a touchdown against Gulliver Prep, but then I hurt it again in week five against South Palmetto and had surgery to fix it last week."
Even with the injury Rickey still received interest from USF, FIU, Indiana, UCF, Clemson, Auburn, N.C. State, Ball State, FAU, and some DII schools as well.
"The surgery went good and I expect a full recovery. The hardest part was missing most of the season, it was real tough."
Where are going to do your rehab?
"Some at the school, and at a place down here called Athlete profile, they train a lot of the athletes when they come down here for the summer."
When did you commit to USF?
"About two or three weeks ago I committed to Coach Franks."
What made you choose USF?
"USF really made me feel at home. I loved the campus, the atmosphere, and the crowd at the games. The coaching staff and the players when you come and visit really make you feel like your at home, and that's the place to be."
Were you able to attend any camps?
"I couldn't go to any camps because I hurt my knee in July, but I've been talking with them for awhile now."
Have you been to any games?
"I went to the first game against McNeese State, I would've went to more games but it conflicted with my teams football schedule."
Did Nate Allen help influence you in your decision?
"I'm friends with Nate, I played with him, and we still talk, he told me about the campus and the atmosphere there, but Nate is a very open person, and he said that it's all up to me, and wasn't going to force me to come to USF, but he told me how great everything is up there. He told me to be open, and go wherever I felt most comfortable, and whoever seemed to be the most straight forward towards me and the most open towards me, then that will be the place to go, and USF was that place."
What type of offense do you like to run in the most?
"Actually I got two, Single back and shotgun spread which USF runs now, which we ran this year also."
What type of defense to you like to face?
"Anything it doesn't matter."
Stay tuned as USFNation.com follows Rickey through his rehabilitation process.
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