"The schools initially got an old transcript with some bad grades on it, but they just got a new one, and it's mostly A's and B's," said Austin LBJ coach Claude Mathis. "He's improved on his SAT score. He is only 20 points away from qualifying, so he is really close now and schools are getting interested."
"Ricky is just a great player. He's quick, agile, and has a nose for the football," said Mathis. "He was not only our district MVP but our team MVP. He is just a solid overall football player and a great person as well."
Cavanaugh himself attributes his success on the field to his combination of power and quickness.
"The strength of my game is my power and quickness," Cavanaugh said. "I can use my speed and quickness to go side-to-side and pursue the ball. I can also take it to a blocker and try to overpower my way to the ball."
"I'm going up to A&M this Saturday for a visit," Cavanaugh said. "Coach Sherman seems like a good man. He says he's looking for speed and someone who can pressure the quarterback and I'm that guy."
Cavanaugh recently returned from Baylor last weekend and gave the Bears good marks on the visit.
"I liked it a lot. The coaches thought I could be an impact player for them at outside linebacker in the 4-3," Cavanaugh said. "The people were nice and I enjoyed the community."
He's also scheduled to visit the Jayhawks on February 1 before making his final decision. He admits that he's leaning to the Aggies heading into his last two visits, but he wants to take these trips before making up his mind for good.
"I'll see where things stand after that," he said.
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