Nation’s Top-Ranked Recruit in 2024 Desmond Ricks Says FSU is “the team to beat” After Visit

Nation’s Top-Ranked Recruit in 2024 Desmond Ricks Says FSU is “the team to beat” After Visit

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Desmond Ricks, the nation’s top-ranked cornerback and overall prospect in the class of 2024, was on campus at Florida State this weekend for another spring visit. Ricks most recently visited FSU on March 19, but the uber-talented Junior returned to Tallahassee for a spring game experience.

Visit Recap

“I enjoyed my time here,” said Ricks regarding the visit. “Every time I’m here, it’s a family atmosphere.” 

Originally from Chesapeake, VA, Ricks now attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. During this visit, Ricks was able to tour more of campus than before, watch an FSU practice, and attend the annual spring game. He focused primarily on the defensive backs during the scrimmage. 

“They were attacking the ball a lot, really aggressive at the line of scrimmage, and I enjoyed watching them play today,” said Ricks. 

Ricks also noted the environment of the spring game, which had an attendance of 30,184. 

“It was nice to see that,” said Ricks. “It was actually packed for it to be a spring game, so it was a nice atmosphere.” 

Relationship with Woodson

Many coaches on staff communicate with Ricks, however defensive back coach Marcus Woodson holds the longest-lasting and closest relationship with the elite prospect. 

“We’re really tight,” said Ricks regarding Woodson. “Coach Woodson has been recruiting me since I was in the 8th grade. I look at him as family more than a coach.” 

Where Does FSU Stand?

Ricks called Florida State the top school in his recruitment after his last visit in Tallahassee, but where do the ‘Noles stand now after this weekend? 

“Definitely the top school right now,” said Ricks. “They are the school to beat.” 

“When I’m here, it’s just comfortable,” said Ricks when asked why FSU is on top. “It feels like home.” 

With FSU firmly on top in his recruitment, Ricks announced a general timeline for his future college decision.  

“I probably won’t commit until next year,” said Ricks. “I just want to explore my options and make sure that’s what I really want to do.” 

While Ricks is being recruited by top programs nationally, he said Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, and Oregon are the other schools currently standing out the most other than Florida State.  

Ricks said the next time he knows that he will return to FSU is for their home opener vs Duquesne. He will visit Alabama next weekend for their spring game.