Desmond Ricks

  • Pos CB
  • Height 6-1
  • Weight 170

Prospect Info

  • High School IMG Academy
  • City Bradenton, FL
  • Exp 2023 - ...

Alabama Crimson Tide

  • Class FR

As a Prospect

247Sports Composite®

0.9883
  • Class 2023
  • Committed 12/22/2022
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H.S. Scouting Report

2 evaluations

Evaluated 09/23/2022

Andrew Ivins
Andrew Ivins Southeast Recruiting Analyst

Projection

2-3 Round Day 2

Comparison

Tony Grimes Texas A&M Aggies

What everyone seems to be looking for these days in an outside cornerback prospect. Tall, fast, explosive and physical. Put together a standout youth football career up in Virginia before moving down to Florida and transferring into the national powerhouse that is IMG Academy for his final two years of high school. Was initially a member of the 2024 recruiting cycle, but reclassified to the class of 2023 in October of 2022 shortly after he turned 18 years old. Can run –and more importantly– find the football, which is an important skill to have in an era where most offensive coordinators want to stretch the field. Rather battle-tested for a youngster having seen plenty of targets come his way both on Friday nights and the 7-on-7/camp circuit. Usually holds his own in coverage, and has a higher success rate in 50-50 situations, but has still given up some long gains and can get caught wandering. Should be able to cut down on mistakes as he refines his technique and learns how to consistently get wide receivers off schedule. Spent a good chunk of 12th grader year working on the inside in one of the nation’s most talented prep secondaries. Could probably be deployed as a slot corner on Saturdays, but ceiling seems to ultimately be the highest as a wide defender given his longer stride and ability to take away throwing lanes with his size. Must keep progressing and get better at anticipating/feeling out routes, but should be viewed as a multi-year starter and potential all-conference player at the Power Five level. Favorable frame (over 6-foot-1) and elite testing profile (4.5 in the 40-yard dash to go along with a near 39-inch vertical jump) likely to have him on the radar of NFL scouts one day.

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Athletic Background

Originally from Chesapeake, Virginia. Grew up running track and was the city champion in the 200-meter dash when he was 14 years old.

2021: Named to the MaxPreps Sophomore All-America Team. Started games in a loaded IMG Academy secondary opposite of Georgia cornerback signee Daylen Everette. Picked off a pass early in the season against Bishop Sycamore.

2020: Member of an IMG Academy team that went 8-0 and finished ranked No. 1 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25.

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