Few players can claim that they had double-digit offers when they were a sophomore in high school. Not only can Ricky DeBerry say that but he might also get to 20 offers before he is a junior. The linebacker from Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's picked up an offer from Oklahoma yesterday, which brings his total to 11.
"Oklahoma's tradition is remarkable," said the 6-foot-2, 230-pound DeBerry. "Everybody knows about that. It's a great program and Coach Stoops has done a wonderful job with his players. I'm just looking forward to getting to know them a little bit more. I called Coach Montgomery and he told me he wanted to show the coaching staff my film and he told me they had offered me a scholarship. It's pretty exciting because I never really had a connection with Oklahoma."
The Sooners joined Clemson, Iowa, Tennessee, North Carolina, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and others on DeBerry's offer list.
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"Right now Oklahoma is pretty much equal with all the other schools," he said. "I haven't had a chance to see the campus, the facilities or meet the other coaches so right now everybody is equal."
Plenty of other schools have taken notice of DeBerry as well.
"Right now Michigan, Michigan State and Arizona State are recruiting me pretty hard," DeBerry said. "I think the next one to offer could be Michigan or Arizona State. Whichever one comes first is fine with me.
"One of my favorite players, Terrell Suggs, went to Arizona State so I've always been wondering wants going on out there," he said. "Also Michigan got Derrick Green last year and already has Wilton Speight this year so I want to get up there and see what's going on."
DeBerry is in the process of planning visits for this spring and already has a few scheduled.
"On April 6 I will be going to Virginia Tech for their junior day and on April 20 I will be going to Alabama for their spring game," DeBerry explained. "I just want to see the different perspectives each coach has. Each coach is different. I also want to see how they train and how they practice. Everybody has their own philosophy on what works for them. I want to see what philosophies and what strategies coaches use and which one fits me the best.
"As a child, I grew up a USC fan so I've always wanted to go out there and see their facilities," he said. "I'd also like to see the Texas Longhorns and Coach Mack Brown. He's done a wonderful job with the program down there."
DeBerry will also be participating in the Rivals Camp Series Presented by Under Armour in Richmond.