Early Interest

Even though he's just entering his junior season this fall, linebacker Ricky DeBerry is continuing to pile up scholarship offers. The latest comes from West Virginia, and the 2015 prospect speaks with BlueGoldNews.com about his thoughts on the Mountaineers.

"I was shocked," Ricky DeBerry said about receiving an offer from the Mountaineers. "I really wasn't expecting it. I try to keep in touch with the coaches from different schools I come in contact with. He (Coach Lonnie Galloway) told me I have an offer. It was just shocking."

Despite being a defensive recruit, DeBerry's knowledge on the Mountaineers comes from the opposite side of the ball.

"I know West Virginia is all about speed," he said. "The last few years, especially on offense, they've been all about speed and being fast. Some guys are just ridiculous like (former Mountaineers) Tavon Austin, Steve Slaton and Pat White.

In selecting a school, DeBerry is looking for a program that competes at the highest level.

"The level of competition is big,"DeBerry said. "I want a school that plays tough competition and competes for a conference and national championships. I'm a winner so I want to play with winners."

West Virginia, who finished their first season in the Big 12 Conference last season, is a school who could fit the description in terms of intense competition.

"When you talk about playing against teams like Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas State and Baylor, that's tough," DeBerry said. "West Virginia has been beating top-notch teams the last couple of years. For them to play those teams every week is great. I think it's a great fit for West Virginia and I know they'll do well."

Being a 2015 recruit, DeBerry isn't anticipating making a commitment anytime soon. He is, however, hoping to visit WVU soon to learn more about the Mountaineers.

"I will probably visit this summer, or for a game next season," he said. "I'm not sure which one just yet, but definitely one of them."

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