Although he is just finishing up his freshman year at Hylton High School (Woodbridge, VA), running back Ricky Slade already has a lot to think about in terms of college.
Miami and Michigan State represent Slade’s most recent scholarship offers. Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others, have offered as well. Slade doesn’t plan on committing until his senior year of high school; he did, however, recently mention three schools that have captured his attention at this point.
“UNC, Penn State and South Carolina,” Slade answered when asked if he had an early favorites.
“I like their offenses, their running back coaches. I went up to Penn State for their Spring Game. It was good. I went to South Carolina a couple months ago, and I went to UNC a couple months ago.”
Slade’s first college visit was to the University of Virginia this past November, when the Cavaliers defeated ACC-rival Miami.
“I know they are ACC. UVa was my first visit. I went up to the Miami game when they beat Miami. There were a lot of people there. Everybody was chanting for UVa. It was a good atmosphere,” Slade said when asked for thoughts on his first visit.
Slade has taken visits this year to South Carolina, Maryland and Penn State. He lists Virginia Tech as one of the visits he plans to make in the near future.
“I’m supposed to get up there [this spring or summer]. I’m not exactly sure when. I’ve heard it’s very nice,” Slade said of Virginia Tech.
Barring a really early commitment, which is something Slade says he is not planning on giving, many schools have an opportunity to rise on the talented tailback’s list. When decision time does come, off the field factors appear to be most important to the Hylton product.
“Academics,” Slade answered when asked what he is looking for most in a school. “And how they teach you how to be a man after college.”
Slade, who measured in at 5’8.5”, 174 pounds at “The Opening: D.C.” last month, rushed for 1,323 yards and amassed 21 total touchdowns for the Bulldogs this past season. He has the speed and quickness college coaches want, but...
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