No. 1 football player in Virginia signs with Penn State
Who says great things can't come in small packages?
Ricky Slade Jr., a 5'9', 185 lb Hylton senior running back signed with Penn State to make his commitment official on early signing day.
He did it in front of a crowd of friends and family at his high school.
Slade, a five-star recruit and one of the top players in the nation, enjoyed a decorated career at Hylton.
He ran for over 5,000 yards in his four years there.
Wednesday, he was joined by his head coach and his family on the stage where he put the pen to the paper.
He said he chose Penn State because they had it all.
"I don't think any school in the country compares to Penn state," he said. "They have good football, academics, awesome people, awesome campus, awesome coaches, and a degree from Penn State can get you anywhere."
Slade reflected on how his family motivates him as well.
"Obviously I do it for my family, especially my mom. She's just sacrificed so much for me. I don't know how to repay her but with football. So when I get that NFL check, it's all going to her.
The NFL or college wasn't something his mom thought would be in his future when he started playing at 5.
"I would be look at my daughters at games and say, 'he can't be that good' but here we are today and apparently he is pretty good."
She couldn't be more right.