SC’s Top DE Considering Hokies

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It’s easy to see why Ricky Sapp is one of the top prospects in South Carolina and one of the top defensive ends in the country…his combination of size and speed is outstanding, and he has used it to wreak havoc on opposing offenses over the past two seasons.

“You have to have size and Ricky is 6-5 and probably pushing close to 230 right now,” Bamberg-Ehrhardt head coach Ron Duncan said. “He’s gotten a lot bigger than we thought he was going to get and he’s got a tremendous frame to hold a lot more weight. But I think the interesting thing about Ricky is that he’s a legitimate 4.5 guy. He’s a 100 meter, 200 meter guy in track. Usually you don’t see guys who are that tall and big run that fast. He certainly breaks the mold as far as that goes. And finally, he plays extremely hard and he makes plays. He’s got a tremendous motor and he plays really hard and I think those things show up on film. All of these things combined have been what’s led him to be a top recruit.”

Sapp, who had 11 sacks last season as a junior, has tallied 30 sacks over the past two seasons. He had 27 tackles-for-loss last season alone. Last season, Sapp saw some action on special teams and will see more action on offense next season.

“He also returned kicks for us at the end of the year and he probably averaged around 40 yards per kick return,” Duncan said. “We’re hoping to have him doing that the whole year next year so he can make some big plays for us there as well. This spring, he’s worked really well at receiver also and we plan to use him there as well.

“He’s predominately been a defensive player, but he’s now starting to catch the ball really well. He’s played a little bit of offense before, but we’re going to try to get him involved more next year.”

As for a position on the next level, Duncan believes Sapp is a defensive player all the way. Defensive end is the position he is being recruited to play. But how he will be used as a defensive end is another matter.

“I think Maryland’s offered him as a linebacker and maybe some others, but it’s all really defensive end-type positions,” Duncan said. “He could be a bandit-type end or a hybrid linebacker/end-type because he’s very good in open space. He plays very good in open space. He can play with his hand down or standing up.”

Sapp has racked up over 30 scholarship offers to this point, maybe more. “To be honest with you, everybody who’s seen film