All that can be said about the way Ricky DeBerry is picking up offers is "Wow!" The sophomore linebacker from Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's has 19 offers from schools like Oklahoma, Penn State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Clemson and many others.
With the past week or two DeBerry has received offers from Missouri, Mississippi State, Wisconsin and Baylor.
"I called the coach at Missouri and we talked about how everything is going," said the 6-foot-2, 230-pound DeBerry. "I know they got the number one recruit in the nation a few years ago. I used to follow them when Chase Daniel was their quarterback and ever since then they've always been on my mind and I try to follow them as much as I can. I watched the game when they played Alabama last year. I've always wanted to get down then are see the facilities.
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"I called Coach Turner from Mississippi State and we talked about how well spring practices are going and that the guys are getting ready for the upcoming season," he said. "Then we started talking about what they were recruiting me as. He knows that I've been picking up a lot of offers lately and he said I could add Mississippi State to the list.
"It's one of those that I just have to do more research on," DeBerry said. "It's in the SEC so they have to be respected but I just need to find out more about the school. Hopefully I can get down there over the summer.
"I talked to Coach Chad Kauha'aha'a from Wisconsin and he gave me the offer," he said. "I know they play really hard nose football. It's a great program and Russell Wilson is from Virginia. They play great football and have been to the Rose Bowl the past few years. I just can't wait for this upcoming season to see how the team plays and I'd like to get up there during the summer.
"Baylor is a great upcoming program," said DeBerry. "They play in the Big 2 against a lot of great competition. For them to beat Kansas State this season, who was projected to be in the national championship game, was big. They're building new facilities and stadium and are really trying to become one of the best programs in the country. I can see that program changing and I really like coach DONTKNOW. He 's a very good guy. They're recruiting me as a defensive end because they like my speed off the edge and hopefully I can visit there over the summer also."
It is certainly very early for DeBerry to be thinking about choosing one school but with so many that are interested but can DeBerry see himself playing for all of these schools?
"Of course I could see myself playing at any of these schools," he laughed. "Right now, I'm still enjoying the process. I haven't really gotten to the point where I'm trying to breakdown the schools I might go to yet. It's still very early for me. I can see myself playing for any school that shows interest in me no matter where they are because you never know where might be the best spot for you. I'm also getting a lot of interest from a lot of different schools. Right now it could be Kansas state, Oklahoma State or Michigan."
On Saturday, April 13, DeBerry will be joining some of the best high school recruits in the Mid-Atlantic In Richmond for the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour.
"I've been doing a lot of one-on-ones on Saturdays," DeBerry said. "I call up a couple of my friends and we do footwork drills and compete. We've been training hard to get ready for the camp. A lot of the young guys I know that are going to be there know that we are going to go against older guys and we're looking forward to competing against them and getting better. I just want to continue to enjoy the process of being a high school recruit and doing these camps."