Alabama '20 CA DB - Elias Ricks (Transfer to Alabama)

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    OOZING WITH POTENTIAL
    Just seven of the nation’s top underclassmen were invited to attend Nike Football’s The Opening Finals earlier this week, six of which currently hold an offer from Ohio State.

    Santa Ana, California, Mater Dei five-star cornerback Elias Ricks is the only one still waiting for an offer, but admitted it would be a game-changer if the Buckeyes come through sooner rather than later.

    “I have serious interest,” Ricks told Eleven Warriors, pointing out the program’s knack for sending defensive backs to the National Football League. “They are my dream school.”

    The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Ricks is considered the second-best cornerback and No. 18 prospect overall in the Class of 2020, as he recorded 34 tackles, 10 pass break ups, four interceptions, 3.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and one quarterback hurry to help the Monarchs to the state championship last season. He holds more than two dozen offers from programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA and USC.

    Ricks has been talking with Ohio State cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson and assistant wide receivers coach Keenan Bailey, with hopes of visiting campus soon. Nothing is set in stone just yet, but it could coincide with his trip to Ann Arbor for the Wolverines’ BBQ at the Big House on July 28.

    “I want to develop a better relationship with them,” Ricks said. “I’m trying to schedule a good date. I would love to see a practice and meet coach Meyer.”

    Bailey and Johnson aren’t the only ones talking with Ricks about the Buckeyes, either. He was on the same team (Dynamite) at The Opening as four-star wide receiver targets Marcus Washington and Jameson Williams, and he’s also in a group chat with some of the staff’s top targets from the Class of 2020.

    “They want me to come join them,” Ricks said, noting the group includes commits Paris Johnson Jr., Lejond Cavazos, Jack Miller III and Jake Wray, as well as Maryland five-star defensive end Bryan Bresee and Florida four-star linebacker Derek Wingo, among others.

    Cornerback is currently the deepest position on the roster, but starters Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette will run out of eligibility after the 2019 season. Jeffrey Okudah, Shaun Wade and Marcus Williamson will all be able to enter the NFL Draft, too, which means Ohio State have just four scholarship cornerbacks (Tyreke Johnson, Sevyn Banks, Cameron Brown and Jordan Battle) by the time the Class of 2020 arrive on campus.

    The Buckeyes have already locked down four-star Lejond Cavazos, but expect two or three more cornerbacks to join him in the class. The staff has offered five-star prospects like Arizona’s Kelee Ringo; Texas’ Dwight McGlothern and R.J. Mickens; as well as Miami four-star commit Henry Gray, Florida four-star Miles Brooks and Texas four-star Jaylon Jones, and each one has reciprocated their interest in the program.

    From a positional standpoint, this class could easily rival the 2017 haul — which featured the aforementioned Okudah and Wade, who were the top two cornerbacks in the country.
     
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    TO THE TOP
    It’s certainly shaping up to be an extremely busy weekend for the staff, as Santa Ana, California, Mater Dei four-star cornerback Elias Ricks also told Eleven Warriors he’ll visit Ohio State for the first time on July 28. He’ll make the trip with both of his parents.

    The Buckeyes have yet to offer the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Ricks — who is considered the second-best cornerback and No. 18 prospect overall in the Class of 2020 — but I anticipate that’ll change by the time he heads home. It’ll instantly put Ohio State right at the forefront of his recruitment, too.

    “It would be big,” Ricks said. “Besides USC, that has been my dream school. They have been putting out first round defensive backs, and I could be the next one if I went there.”

    With offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA and USC, Ricks plans to drag out the recruiting process a bit and then make a decision the summer before his senior season. But that said, Ohio State has a chance to put itself squarely among his final schools with one simply move.

    “If they offer me, they will for sure have an official visit locked,” Ricks said.
     
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    5-star Elias Ricks eager to make trip to Ohio State

    Lettermen Row caught up with California 5-star cornerback Elias Ricks at The Opening in Dallas early in July, and he told us at that time he’d been planning a visit to Columbus. That trip will occur this coming weekend as the summer recruiting dead period comes to an end.

    “I’m taking a red eye,” Ricks told Lettermen Row. “I’ll be there on Saturday. I’ll spend the morning at Ohio State, and then I’ll go to Michigan. I will be in Columbus for just three to four hours.”

    It’s a short trip for Ricks, but the 2020 prospect says he’s not worried about the lack of time there.

    “I’ll get to see what they got planned for me,” he said. “I honestly just want to see the school and how they do things out there. I know I’ll get out there for another visit at some point.”

    Ohio State has not offered Ricks yet, but if they do that this coming weekend, expect the Buckeyes to be one of his early favorites.
     
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    Elias Ricks excited by Buckeyes offer

    One of the highest-ranked players to check out Ohio State over the weekend was Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 5-star cornerback Elias Ricks, the country’s No. 2-ranked cornerback in the Class of 2020. Ricks told Lettermen Row in early July that the Buckeyes were one his “dream” teams.

    “That’s one of my dream schools,” Ricks said. “I just want to get out there, hear some good news possibly and come back home.”

    The good news he wanted to hear was that he’d received an offer from Ohio State. That happened on Saturday morning.

    Overall, the visit was everything Ricks wanted it to be.

    “It felt like home,” he said.”What stood out was how cool the coaches were. They loved me. The coaches are so cool and humble and they made sure that they established a good relationship with me.”

    The 6-foot-2, 180-pound defensive back was only in town for a few hours, but the Ohio State experience, especially Urban Meyer, exceeded his expectations.

    “It went better than I thought, and right now it’s Ohio State and USC in the lead,” he said. “I thought it would be different. Urban Meyer is such a down-to-earth guy. He made me feel comfortable there, they made it feel like home. I definitely plan on going back there and using an official visit to Ohio State.”

    Following his visit with the Buckeyes, Ricks stopped at Michigan for a meeting with Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines.
     
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    DREAM COME TRUE
    Santa Ana, California, Mater Dei five-star cornerback Elias Ricks made his long-anticipated unofficial visit to Ohio State late last month, at which time he was offered a scholarship by the staff.

    “The visit was amazing,” Ricks told Eleven Warriors, noting he toured Ohio Stadium, the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, dorm rooms and the library and had a photoshoot in the Buckeyes’ uniform. “Campus was awesome and the facility was top-notch.”

    The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Ricks — who is considered the second-best cornerback and No. 13 prospect overall in the Class of 2020 — was accompanied on the trip by his mother. They were shown around campus by and spent a considerable amount of time with head coach Urban Meyer, acting head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach/area recruiter Ryan Day and cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson.

    “They said I’m a special player, I would fit in this program and they would love to have me,” Ricks said.

    Ricks, who also visited Michigan and Notre Dame that same weekend, hasn’t been shy about his affinity for the program. He was thrilled when he received his “dream” offer from the staff.

    “It’s a big offer,” Ricks said. “They produce many first round defensive backs, which interests me a lot.”

    Ricks holds more than two dozen offers from programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas, but it’s clear his recruitment is a two-horse race between Ohio State and USC. He doesn’t plan to make a decision until next July, though, and will certainly return for an official visit in the spring.
     
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    AIDING OHIO STATE'S EFFORTS?
    If you don't live under a rock, you knew that this past Friday featured a prep football showdown between IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.). And if you follow Ohio State's recruiting efforts, you may have seen Lejond Cavazos' tweet.

    Cavazos, a 2020 four-star defensive back, sent a tweet out following Friday's game that hinted he would be playing college football with Mater Dei cornerback and Ohio State target Elias Ricks, considered the top 2020 cornerback recruit in the nation.

    Ricks retweeted Cavazos' tweet and then quoted a tweet of himself and Cavazos signaling the "O" in "O-H-I-O," with a caption that said, "Family ties..."

    Cavazos also quote tweeted the same picture and said, "This the future of DBU and I put that on everything....."

    If nothing else, it's most certainly an interesting development in Ricks' recruitment. Ricks visited the Buckeyes on July 28, the same day they offered. However, many believe USC to be leading the way in landing him, which makes sense considering Mater Dei has long been a USC pipeline of prep standouts – including current Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young, JT Daniels, Matt Leinart and Matt Barkley.

    It's also worth noting the fact that Ricks named Ohio State as one of his "dream schools" this past summer. Ricks could certainly end up at USC but the Buckeyes are definitely still alive and well in the running. Only time will tell if Cavazos' prophecy turns into reality.
     

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