2016 Father Ryan receiver impresses

Bryce Vickers is a hometown player who Vanderbilt has taken interest in after a strong camp. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver out of Nashville's Father Ryan High School took to the camp circuit this summer after an injury hampered most of his sophomore season in 2013. Vickers spoke with VandyMania.com on his 16th birthday on how his recruiting is going in the early stages.

"I went to camps at MTSU, Memphis, Vanderbilt, UGA, Tennessee, and Auburn this past weekend," Vickers said. "They went very well. I thought that I was the best receiver at all of them. At Vanderbilt, they told me they were real impressed with what they saw out of me and that I'm on their radar. They want to see how I do this season.

"Tennessee's head coach, Butch Jones, was watching my film from camp and I heard him say, 'that guy can really play'. I've gotten a lot of positive feedback from coaches. We were at a 7-on-7 tournament in Murfreesboro and a coach from Western Kentucky called my head coach and told him I was, hands down, the best receiver there from the 19 teams that competed. We went 9-0 and won the tournament."

Vickers has a Father Ryan teammate, JoeJuan Williams, who has received a lot of recruiting attention that includes seven SEC offers after a big sophomore year. Unfortunately for Vickers, he was sidelined for the majority of the 2013 with a wrist injury. This left him without stats or highlight film to send to coaches but is gearing up for a big junior year.

"I think that my hands are my best attribute," he said. "I catch everything that comes my way. My route running is also coming along very well. This summer I feel like I've excelled in the one-on-one's and done really well in the drills."

Coaches will be looking at many Father Ryan games this season with Williams and standout senior, Andrew Rector, who has committed to Wake Forest. Vickers could very well catch the eye of prospective coaches and start to build his own offer list.

"I'd love to play for a great staff that knows how to maximize talent and help boost my level of play," Vickers said in finding the right D-1 program. "I want to feel like I'm part of a family in a great college atmosphere. Academics are very important to me. I have a 3.8 GPA and want to go to a school with an outstanding academic program."

Both of Vickers parents attended the University of Memphis. His father ran track for the Tigers while he was there. Vickers has speed as well. He reports a personal best of 4.59 in the forty and competes for Father Ryan in the open 200, the 4 by 1 and 4 by 2 relays, and the long jump.

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