Ricky DeBerry recruit scouting report: End or linebacker?

Ricky DeBerry is an elite outside linebacker in the class of 2015.

DeBerry, out of St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Va., stands 6'2.5 and weighs in at 255 pounds. As of June, he's rated as a five-star prospect by Scout, and a four-star by 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN. Scout ranks him as the second-best OLB in the class. The 247Sports Composite ratings, a compilation of data from the four major recruiting services, lists him as the 70th-best player in America, fifth-best at his position and fourth-best from the state of Virginia.

DeBerry is receiving interest from just about every major program in the country. He holds scholarship offers from Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among many others.

Fans can follow DeBerry on Twitter at @TheFranchize__.

There is a lot to like about DeBerry. The first thing that jumps out is his excellent size. Just shy of 6'3, DeBerry already has college-ready musculature. He is a unique player with a unique build and that makes his projection and evaluation somewhat different, as most elite players can easily be pigeonholed into roles.

DeBerry is very powerful in taking on blocks. He is not the longest player, but if he gets his hand on a blocker, he can deliver a jolt and control him before shedding. That part of his game needs to become more consistent, however, because he is a better chase player at this stage.

Against the pass, he shows good burst off the edge and can get under the pads of blockers, both with the bull rush and with a move to bend the edge low.

He'll likely end up as a 3-4 outside linebacker, and in doing so, must work to retain some flexibility so that he is not a liability in pass coverage.

DeBerry reminds me quite a bit of former Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw. Both players were just shy of 6'3, yet both were over 250 pounds with similar stocky, powerful builds. Both also had very impressive explosion.

More from SBNation.com

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.