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Ricky Slade, the top-ranked 2018 RB in East Region, visited Virginia Tech and Penn State over the past few days

Ricky Slade was able to see two of his top schools in less than 72 hours and the nation's 16th-ranked 2018 prospect spoke with Scout about the visits.

Due to a bye week, elite 2018 Woodbridge (Va.) Hylton running back Ricky Slade was able to visit Virginia Tech and Penn State.

Slade, who named his top five in August, enjoyed seeing two of those schools, but is not ready to tip his hand.

"It was fun to visit both schools in span of a few days," said the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Slade, whose top five also includes FloridaNorth Carolina and Tennessee. "But all five schools are still even."

The 16th-ranked junior's first stop was Virginia Tech on Thursday night for their game against Miami.

"I've been there multiple times, so I really didn't do anything new," Slade said. "But I like the new offense. It's extremely fast and productive.

"My favorite part was going into the locker room after the game. It was a crazy."

While in Blacksburg, he spoke with head coach Justin Fuente.

"We talked and he told me he was glad to have me up there," Slade said. "He also said he wants me to come and be a part of something great. It meant a lot that he took that time to speak to me."


Slade's next stop was Penn State last night for their game against Ohio State.

"It's always a good trip," he said. "I didn't do anything new there either because I've also been many times. My favorite part was definitely watching them play.

"They have a new offensive coordinator and the offense looked good. I thought they played perfectly and the atmosphere in the stadium was amazing."

He spent a significant amount of time with one specific coach.

"I talked with (running backs) coach (Charles) Huff the most," Slade said. "We just had normal conversation, but I can tell he really wants me to come to Penn State. Out of all coaches recruiting me, I have the best relationship with him. I like everything about him."

In regards to upcoming visits, Slade does not have anything scheduled. 

Through eight games, Slade has 118 carries for 1,091 yards (9.2 yards per carry) and 14 touchdowns and 18 catches for 254 yards and three more scores.

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