St. Christopher’s (Richmond, VA) rising senior outside linebacker/defensive end Ricky DeBerry Jr. is one of the most coveted recruits in the state of Virginia’s class of 2015. Next month, he’ll take the next step toward figuring out where he will spend the next four or five years of his life.
DeBerry, who whittled his list of over 50 scholarship offers down to 20 in June, plans to narrow the field to eight schools the first week in August. He then plans on taking some official and unofficial visits in the late summer, fall and probably winter months. His next college visit will be an unofficial to Texas A&M in a few weeks.
DeBerry’s latest college stop was a familiar one – the University of Virginia.
“Oh I love it,” DeBerry said when asked for his take on UVa. “I know a lot of guys here, that committed here or are actually here on the team. I have a great relationship with the coaches, Coach London and everything. I just love being here. Every time I come here it feels like I’m supposed to be here. It’s just a great place to be.”
Keeping with the in-state schools, Virginia Tech “is definitely still in the mix,” DeBerry said. “I talk to Shane Beamer almost every other day. He’s a great coach and I love him to death, too.”
The talented rising senior has hinted previously that he is very seriously considering both Virginia and Virginia Tech. This will continue to be the case for at least the near future, as the Cavaliers and Hokies “are both going to make [the final eight],” DeBerry said.
“I always wanted my grandfather to come see me play. He lives in North Carolina. I always wanted him to come see me play. I really want to be there to watch my little brother grow up. I want him to play football as well, so I want to be around when he’s growing up. I’m definitely taking it into consideration,” DeBerry said of staying in-state.
Weeks away from preseason practice, DeBerry feels and looks good. The 6’3” standout suffered a torn labrum last season, and it wasn’t until this April that was fully cleared to resume football activities. He had gotten up over 260 pounds but is now at 248, a weight he feels comfortable with.
“I’m ready to tear it up this season,” DeBerry said.
DeBerry says he will play linebacker for head coach Michael Turner this season....
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