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Another offer for QB Ricker

Rivals 100 quarterback Jeremy Ricker had an impressive outing at the Elite College Combine with many coaches and observers thinking that he could have easily won the Outstanding QB award as well as his friend Pat Devlin, who won the award. What did the 6-foot-1, 194-pounder think of his performance there and which school is the latest to offer him?
"I thought I did pretty well, I was eight for eight," he said. "I ran 4.1 in the shuttle and 4.8 in the 40. I felt that my 40 was way slower and I don't understand how it was 4.6 last year and 4.8 this year. That was the only thing I wasn't thrilled about."
What did the Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt prospect think about working with super wideout Vidal Hazelton?
"It was good throwing to someone who'll go up and get the ball and go after it," he said. "Vidal and I crushed everyone we went up against and it was nice to show college coaches that. It was nice going up against competitive people."
Ricker also thought he showed off some of his skills for scouts on hand.
"Basically, I think I showed my quickness and movement on my drops," he said. "I also showed my arm strength and accuracy. You've got to be pretty accurate if you go eight for eight."
Ricker now has approximately 20 offers, although he is still wide open at this point. The most recent offer for the quarterback came from Houston.
"I just don't know much about them," he said. "But I'd like to get to know them better."
Ricker is waiting to see when the big names schools are going to offer.
"A lot of schools are on the fence to offer me like Miami, Nebraska and Tennessee," he said. "They are debating when to offer me. I'll probably have about 30 offers once they are all done. I don't want too many because I want it to be easier to narrow down my decision."
The quarterback plans to narrow his list this summer. The bigger question is, what is Ricker looking for out of a school when it comes to football?
"I just want to have a coach that can get me into the NFL," he said. "That's pretty much it for me."
With the vast amount of prospects coming out of Bishop McDevitt this year, head coach Jeff Weachter is hosting between five and ten coaches a day. Ricker himself gets five calls a day as well. Have any of the calls stuck out to the quarterback?
"I would say not really," he said. "There's a lot of them that have a lot of great things about the school, but all the bigger Division I schools have the same thing."
This summer Ricker said he probably won't attend any camps, but he is planning to take a Midwest Tour to schools including Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Pittsburgh perhaps. The quarterback also plans to attend the Elite 11 quarterback camp in Las Vegas in June and possibly swing up to Oregon.
Among the schools that have offered that Ricker has his eye on are Oklahoma, Oregon, Maryland, Louisville and Wisconsin.
As for next year, Ricker has his eyes set on the state championship.
"I want to help work on the team camaraderie and work as a team," he said. "I want our team to be set and ready to go this season."
Ricker passed for 1,800 yards, 17 touchdowns and six interceptions as he was named second team all-state.