FRISCO, Texas — There’s a list of big-time college football programs chasing Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei’s Elias Ricks, including the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Ricks will take his first visit to Columbus at the end of July.
“End of July, early August probably,” Ricks, a 5-star 2020 prospect said. “I’ll be there probably for two days, actually. I’ve got to see what I’m going to do out there, but I will be out there for sure two days.
That trip to Ohio State will be on the backend of a visit to Michigan for Ricks, who plans to be in Ann Arbor for the Wolverines “BBQ and the Big House.” The Buckeyes have reached out in the form of staff member Keenan Bailey and new cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson. Getting familiar with Johnson is an important part of the process for the 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect.
“I’ve got to get to know my position coach, and I just want to get a better relationship with him and have it grow over the years,” he said. “I’ve been on the phone with him a couple of times, and we’ve talked about me going out there. He’s heard of me, my name and how good of a player I am. I just kind of want to get out there, I really like Ohio State.
“That’s one of my dream schools. I just want to get out there, hear some good news possibly and come back home.”
Power programs chasing Elias Ricks
That good news would be an offer from the Buckeyes, who are the country’s biggest program yet to offer him. LSU, USC, Georgia, Alabama and Florida are the programs currently recruiting him the hardest.
So what makes Ohio State a dream school for a player of this caliber from California? As might be expected by his position, the recent run of NFL success by Ohio State defensive backs plays a big part in that.
“They’ve produced a lot of first-round talent,” he said. “Denzel Ward was just out here yesterday, he’s one of my favorite college players and he got selected fourth overall. That’s a really big pick.
“Ohio State puts out a lot of top defensive backs. The way he played, he has good technique, he always has a hand on the ball. I have always liked Ohio State, so personally, him being a cornerback, that made him one of my favorite players.”
“I’m in a group chat. They’ve got a big group chat,” he said. “They’re trying to make something happen. I could join the wave, too, possibly if it comes out right. We’ve got a good group of guys in there.”