Ricky Slade Jr.: CI 25 RB Could Be Big Ten’s Next Star

    Ricky Slade Jr. recruiting profile features the No. 19 player in the CI 25 for 2018. Slade could be the next elite running back in the Big Ten.

    February 14, 2017

    Recruiting profile featuring Ricky Slade Jr., the No. 19 prospect in the inaugural CI 25 recruiting rankings.


    Ricky Slade Jr. Recruiting Profile

    CI 25 Overall Ranking: No. 20
    CI 25 Position Ranking: No. 3
    Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia
    School: C.D. Hylton High School
    Position: RB
    Height: 5’10”
    Weight: 185 lbs

    Playing Style

    There are 128 FBS teams that would jump at a chance to sign Ricky Slade Jr. One of the more talented tailbacks in the class, if you let him pick up steam and start running downhill, he’s going to rack up the yardage very quickly. He can stop and start fairly smoothly and is more swift than he is deceptive when putting moves on defenders.

    He’s an excellent fit for the way Penn State likes to run the ball. Saquon Barkley has done pretty well for himself in that system, and Slade could slide into the spotlight once Barkley moves on to the NFL.

    What They’re Saying

    “Slade is a special football player. He has great speed and quickness. Slade shows good vision and instincts …. also really understands how to attack defenses and has a high football I.Q. ” – Scout

    Recruitment Details

    Status: Committed – Penn State
    Commitment Date: February 3, 2017
    Notable Offers: Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Iowa, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech

    Recruiting Overview

    Many predicted Ohio State would be the one to end up getting Slade’s verbal commitment, but the Penn State Nittany Lions snuck in after National Signing Day for the 2017 class and landed him. It’s going to be difficult for another program to sway Slade away from Penn State. James Franklin and Charles Huff, who’s recruiting Slade, know the Nittany Lions need to add a halfback because Saquon Barkley is expected to be an early entry in the 2018 NFL Draft.

    As is the case every year, there will be some late shake-ups and flips that open up spots on recruiting boards. Maryland and Virginia Tech could be teams who heat up their pursuit of Slade down the line. But this is Penn State’s battle to lose.

    Photo courtesy of Scout.com

    MORE: CI 25 – Ranking The Top 25 Recruits For 2018

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