Heading into an unofficial visit this past weekend to Auburn for the Iron Bowl, four-star defensive tackle Jermarcus Ricks out of Leighton (Ala.) Colbert County was favoring Alabama. The Tigers impressive victory over the Crimson Tide appears to have paid dividends in them potentially landing the 6-foot-3, 288-pounder.
"Auburn played great and I think they came out and did their thing to Alabama. I feel the game has pulled things back even between Alabama and Auburn. It's a 50-50 chance now," he said. "The atmosphere was very much like Alabama's. I was also closely watching both teams' defensive lines. I saw that Auburn's line moved around a lot and I guess they were playing gap position. Meanwhile Alabama played basically a base defense and there wasn't much moving. I liked what I saw from Auburn more because I want to be able to move around.
"On the trip, I got to talk to coach Dunn for a little bit too. He mostly talked to me about how well they played and about potentially setting up an official visit. Right now, I don't know when I plan to visit Auburn."
The Rivals250 prospect has scheduled an official to Tuscaloosa though on December 9th.
The season just finished up Friday for Colbert County.
"I finished the year with four sacks," he said. "I was pretty happy with how I did. I could tell I improved on my quickness and used my hands a lot more too. I was also getting out of blocks quicker."