Signing Day Impact: Ricquan Southward

Ohio recruiting analyst
Posted Feb 1, 2012
Bill Greene

One of the least known players in Ohio State's 2012 recruiting class is Lakeland (FLA) wide receiver Ricquan Southward. He is also known for being the last player to commit to the Buckeyes before the hiring of Urban Meyer.

Ricquan Southward was the last player to commit to Ohio State under former head coach Luke Fickell, and the Lakeland (FLA) wide receiver is also one of the least-known commits in the 2012 recruiting class.

Southward, 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, will face a crowded depth chart at Ohio State when he arrives, and is a probable redshirt candidate as a freshman.


Southward's film shows a dependable receiver, with good size and the ability to catch the football across the middle. He comes from one of the top programs in Florida, so you know he has been coached properly.'s Mike Bakas writes of Southward: "Sort of a late bloomer on the recruiting front, Southward didn't make many plays until his senior season when he became one of the top receivers in all of central Florida. He has a nice size/speed combination and comes from a premier program."


Southward, 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, took an official visit to Ohio State two weeks ago for the Penn State game, and came away impressed. Sunday afternoon, he called Ohio State and committed to assistant coach Stan Drayton.

"I did commit to Ohio State today (Sunday)," Southward stated. "I think the program is best for me, and I love the pro-style offense. I want to play with Braxton Miller and I think it's just the best fit for me."

"I committed to Coach (Stan) Drayton today," he added. "He is a great guy and we get along well. I liked the campus a lot when I visited for the game, and I really liked the colder weather. Everything was great at Ohio State, and I'm looking forward to being a part of their team next year."

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