Virginia LB Ricky DeBerry Recaps Buckeye Visit

By Jeremy Birmingham on April 23, 2014 at 3:30p

Ohio State's 2015 recruiting class hosted a number of key targets last weekend, including the nation's 66th-ranked prospect, Richmond (Va.) linebacker Ricky DeBerry, Jr. Deberry, a 6-foot-3, 245 pound defensive standout at St. Christopher's School, has no shortage of collegiate opportunities. He has 51 scholarship offers, including Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Michigan State, Florida, Oklahoma, USC, Baylor and (obviously) dozens more. 

An intriguing prospect with the size and speed to play multiple positions on defense, DeBerry has caught the eye of Larry Johnson, Sr., who is one of two coaches responsible for his recruitment (Zach Smith being the other.) As a defensive standout, it's been Johnson in charge of late, including DeBerry's visit to Columbus last weekend with fellow Virginian Matthew Burrell


"(Coach Johnson and I) get along great," DeBerry told Eleven Warriors. "He's almost got a 'father-figure' type of feel to him whenever you meet with him or talk with him. He sees me as a versatile player who could stand up or be a rush-end, depending on the defense. He said I've got the size to play in the middle of the defense and the athleticism to play outside or rushing the quarterback."

DeBerry and his parents made it a point to spend time with Ohio State's Urban Meyer as well on their visit. His father, Ricky DeBerry, Sr., called Meyer "down to Earth." The younger DeBerry agrees. 

DeBerry good linebacker
DeBerry could play multiple positions.

"(Urban Meyer) was really down to Earth, laughing and joking around with us," Jr. said. "He talked about more about life and being responsible for your actions (than football.) My dad always says that anytime you're a winner, people search for your flaws, so regardless of what anyone says (about Meyer) you have to respect his record. He made it clear they win because they practice hard and because they're paying attention to all the little details."

Being on campus with your whole family is a great opportunity to see more than just the inside of the football coach's office, and the DeBerry's checked out Ohio State's campus as well.

"The size of the campus was shocking. It's huge! I mean, they have almost 60,000 students," DeBerry, Jr. said of his takeaway from visiting campus. "We met with the academic support system at Ohio State, and they explained how they support each student-athlete and try to help (get you acclimated.) We saw most of the facilities at Ohio State."

Although he just recently cut his list to 20 schools, DeBerry says a visit to Ohio State can help him get his thoughts on recruiting in order, despite a number of visits he still plans on making.

"It helps, visiting all these schools," DeBerry said of his extensive travel plans. "I still have to visit Alabama, LSU, USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Miami, South Carolina and Michigan State. These visits help me and my parents get a feel for the coaches, the weather, the school and the community at each place."

DeBerry says the Buckeyes are likely to be there the next time he narrows down his list.

"Ohio State moved way up my list," the nation's 4th-ranked outside linebacker said. "Any recruit has to say to himself 'Playing at The Ohio State University is a great opportunity to win a national championship, to play for a legendary coach at a school with a beautiful campus and great academics."



Osurrt's picture

Love this should be e-mail to every prized recruit. "A personal message from Coach Urban Meyer to you"

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tdible2132's picture

I'd be curious to know if DeBerry has the Buckeyes leading right now in his mind... Long way to go, but I have a good feeling about DeBerry 

Killer nuts's picture

This will be a huge recruiting win for whatever school he signs with. 51 offers is absurd

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cinserious's picture

I like having 'one in fifty-one' odds when my team is THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY!

Gone ham, be back soon...

Buckeye06's picture

Kid has like 10 visits planned...good for him.  Enjoy the process then choose OSU haha

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Bamabucknut's picture

The challenge with seeing so many is maintaining an ability to be clear about all that you have seen,and remembering all your impressions.

chicagobuckeye's picture

Disagree. I remember my college process and you find one school that sticks out and you compare everything to it. You don't forget your favorite. 

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Horvath22's picture

Visiting with both parents on their own dime? This FAMILY is serious. Appears they are reasonably well off as well.

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Ethos's picture

Well I mean, he is being "Recruited" by SEC schools remember.

"What do you need water for, Sunshine?!" - Coach Coombs, if you don't love this man, you have no soul.

TheBadOwl's picture

Let's be serious here, Alabama/LSU/Auburn can definitely get awesome recruits based on other things besides just money. I'm sure that dirty recruiting is (more) prominent in the south, but let's not assume that's the only reason why they pull in top recruits.

  1. Bama and LSU have won multiple national titles since we won our last one, and Auburn has a title from a few years back, and almost got another one this year.
  2. Southern schools have beautiful women and beautiful weather.
  3. Those three programs all put a ton of guys in the NFL.
  4. Most of the top recruits they get come from their own backyards, so cheaper/shorter travel for family members.
  5. The facilities at these schools are all on par with OSU.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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skid21's picture

I agree. Just recruit better. Stop making excuses and go get the players you need. You are getting paid MILLIONS of dollars to get good players. Do your job!

cinserious's picture

Haha! No matter how many millions Kirk Ferentz gets paid at Iowa, he will never be able to approach these built in SEC advantages:

1: Southern schools have beautiful women and beautiful weather.

2: Southern schools have beautiful women and beautiful weather.

3: Those three programs all put a ton of guys in the NFL.

4: Most of the top recruits they get come from their own backyards, so cheaper/shorter travel for family members.

5: The facilities at these schools are all on par with OSU.



Gone ham, be back soon...

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sivaDavis's picture


"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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bukyze's picture

Playing at The Ohio State University is a great opportunity to win a national championship, to play for a legendary coach at a school with a beautiful campus and great academics.

Nice to see that he's got THE down already.  Should be a smooth transition!

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buckeyedude's picture

And he didn't say the "University of Ohio State." So there's that.



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Ahh Saturday's picture

So Birm, what's your feeling here? DeBerry talks like somebody who's pretty far from making a decision. Does he have a timetable in mind, and if we are now "way up" his list, who is there with us, and does anyone have the edge right now?

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buckeyeradar's picture

Hey Birm what's up with the commitments this year?  Is it because of all the competition for just a few jobs?  When are we going to turn things around?  I get all the hype for big recruiting weekends, but not to get much return .........  I don't get it.

Buckeye in Texas

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great article on Ricky!  Sure hope to see a gray box really soon!!

Go Bucks!!

buckeyedude's picture

I really dig St. Christopher's uniforms. Especially the helmets. They look eerily familiar.



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Spikebone's picture

Pretty cool helmets and uniforms for a HS team.

Stuck in Ann Arbor for work, I can confirm she is indeed a whore.

Buckeye06's picture

Before the visit, a lot of people had him going to Tennessee and was apparently the leader.  Now it seems to be an OSU/Tenn battle with Clemson in the mix as well.  Trending OSU but he did just leave there of course

Just what some Tennessee fans have been saying