2015 Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's linebacker Ricky DeBerry has been invited to play in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The four-star talked about the honor.
"I couldn't be more excited and honored to receive an invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl," said DeBerry. "It's been a dream of mine since I was young to play in the game. God is truly great."
DeBerry has long been a fan of the game. He's also been present for two U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey presentations.
"That's a special moment. I had the opportunity to see two of my friends receive their jerseys, Hermitage's Derrick Green (Michigan signee) and Woodberry Forest's Doug Randolph (Notre Dame signee)."
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound defenders continues to see his offer count soar.
"My newest offers have come from USC, UCLA, Washington, and Oklahoma State. I'm now up to 37 offers. I feel very blessed."
The Trojans, Huskies, Bruins, and Cowboys join Akron, Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Boston College, Cincinnati, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, N.C. State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, Temple, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Wisconsin on DeBerry's offer list.
Even more programs may be close to joining that length list of offering suitors.
"Of the schools that haven't offered, I'm hearing most regularly from LSU, Georgia, Kansas State, Arizona, and Texas A&M."
At this time, no favorites have emerged for the talented 'backer.
"I'm taking my time and really looking at what each school has to offer. At this point, I consider myself wide open.
"My plan is to make my decision sometime during my senior year."
In-state ACC programs, Virginia Tech and Virginia are jockeying for position in case DeBerry plans to stay close to home for college.
"Virginia Tech's coach staff is so consistent. They have a great chemistry as a group and I've been impressed with my lead recruiter, Coach Shane Beamer. I feel confident that Coach Bud Foster could put me in the best position to use my skillset. It's a great school and there's a real feeling of family surrounding the program.
"Virginia is close to home and offers such great academic opportunities. Coach Mike London is such a great person. His message and mission are clear and they hit home with me. I call him to talk every so often, so we already have a great relationship. It's a beautiful campus and the program is on the rise and I'm confident that Virginia will soon challenge on the national level and I can't wait to see when that happens."
As for whether the in-state programs have an edge on the field in DeBerry's recruitment, the rising junior stuck true to his tune.
"Like I said, I'm wide open."
247Sports ranks DeBerry as the No. 56 players in the nation regardless of position of the No. 6 outside linebacker in the country.