August 2, 2010

Riddick's coaches love their physical, shy back

While the interview with the new commitment could be termed as quiet and more of a monolog than a dialog, a call to the coaching staff shed a little light on the player that is Davon Riddick. The 6-foot, 200-pound Riddick committed to Colorado State on Friday and his coach said the Rams are getting a good football player and a shy kid.

"I was talking to our head coach and he reminded me to make sure you understand Davon just doesn't talk that much," said Abilene Cooper High School Quarterbacks Coach Casey Dacus Monday night.

"It is like pulling teeth just to get him to talk, but he is a good kid, a smart kid and he is excited about going there and I think it is a good match."

Last year Riddick ran for 868 yards on 120 carries (7.2 ypc average) and caught another 14 passes for 200 yards in leading Abilene Cooper High School to a 9-4 record and a trip to the state playoffs. On Friday he committed to Colorado State over an offer from Wyoming and interest from UTEP and TCU.

Dacus said the Cooper Cougars run out of a spread, which has multiple looks and a 50-50 split between the run and the pass. Dacus also said Riddick's numbers aren't real high due to the fact he shares time with another back in the backfield.

"He is a big back," Dacus said. "He is about 6-1 and 210. He runs an upper 4.4 or lower 4.5's. He just has a different gear. If he gets the ball in the open field it is hard to tackle him. He is a great physical back.

"He looks long, but he plays very, very physical. We played Dumas last year and he got the ball on a draw play and when he was trying to score he hit the safety at the five-yard-line and drug him into the end zone. That signified to me the kind of player he was.

Dacus said the Cougars are coached by Mike Spradlin, who himself is familiar with the recruiting process after his time at the University of Houston. He said Riddick and his family spent a lot of time with Coach Spradlin and the resulting decision is a strong one for Riddick.

"He decided he wanted to go to Colorado State," Dacus said. "I know he likes it and he has done his research on the school and met with the coaches several times."

Dacus also said he expects Riddick to stay at running back through his career in Fort Collins.

"I'll be surprised if they move him anywhere else," Dacus said. "He just kind of has 'it,' where running backs are concerned."

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