Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt rising junior quarterback Jeremy Ricker is one of the top rising stars in the state of Pennsylvania. A second team all-state selection as a sophomore, the 6-foot-1, 194-pound Ricker threw for 1,250 yards last season. He added 20 touchdowns and completed nearly seventy percent of his pass attempts.
“A number of schools have been in contact with me early on and have extended me early scholarship offers over the phone,” said Ricker. “I haven’t received any written offers at this point, but I’m expecting to start receiving paperwork after September 1st, or so I’ve been told.”
Ricker lists Miami, Virginia, Maryland, UCLA, Michigan State, Purdue, Akron, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, and Virginia Tech as just a few of the schools that have contacted him at this point.
“I don’t have any early favorites or anything like that,” admitted Ricker. “I will say that Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Purdue, and Virginia are the schools recruiting me the hardest right now.”
While Ricker is predominantly a pocket passer at the high school level, he does think of himself as a threat with his legs as well.
“I’ve got decent speed outside of the pocket, but I don’t do a lot of running right now in high school,” said Ricker. “We throw a lot from a pro-set and focus on completing a high percentage of passes. I feel I pretty good at reading defenses and delivering the ball accurately downfield.”
What is Ricker looking for in a school?
“The player/coach relationship is very important to me,” explained Ricker. “The style of offense each school runs will also be taken into consideration as well as how strong I feel the team first mentality is at each school. Getting a solid education at a good academic university is also important.”
Ricker and his teammates will kickoff the 2004 season September 4th against State College.