I spoke with 6-3, 240 pound defensive end / outside linebacker Ricky DeBerry on Saturday morning. The 2015 cycle prospect was on his way to Charlottesville for a recruiting event. Ricky's played defensive end for the last two seasons at St. Christopher's School (Richmond, Virginia). "I normally don't play defensive end. My coach asked me to play there because he didn't necessarily trust anybody else in that position, and he asked me to play that for him the last two seasons. I normally play outside linebacker, sort of a pass rusher hybrid."
Over the course of our conversation DeBerry made it clear rushing the passer, whether it's at end in a 4-3, or OLB in 3-4 is extremely important to him and what he wants to do in college. His favorite pass rush moves are the swim and side scissors. He told me Virginia Tech is recruiting him to play defensive end.
DeBerry is going to try to visit Ohio State, Auburn, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Michigan State this spring before narrowing down his list of over 50-plus scholarship offers. He told me he plans on returning to Blacksburg on April 5th.
He said of Shane Beamer, "He definitely makes sure he stays on top of me with trying to come up to Virginia Tech. . . . He's always one of the first ones in the school. I appreciate everything he's done, and he's a good coach."
As for Tech's defensive coaches, "Coach Wiles, he's a great coach, and he does well with his defensive linemen. Bud Foster, his defenses are one of the top defenses in the country. He definitely knows how to use his players to get the best of their abilities as well."
His last visit to Tech was during the Maryland game.
His thoughts on the environment in Lane Stadium, "It was good. It was loud. The fans never shut down. They all contributed to make as much noise as possible to confuse the Maryland offense. They always sell out, no matter who they're playing, and I feel like that speaks volumes about what Virginia Tech football has been doing."