Tom Ricketts is another promising lineman who is entering his second year in the Penn State program, having taken a redshirt year in 2010. Ricketts has very good physical attributes and has made steady progress over the past year. The former North Allegheny HS all-state selection and Adam Gress likely will battle for the top reserve spot at left tackle behind returning starter Quinn Barham.
2010 Freshman Season
Ricketts gained all-state and All-Quad A Conference accolades for Coach Art Walker at North Allegheny HS. The Scout.com four-star recruit, was ranked the 10th-best player in Pennsylvania and among the nation's Top 25 prep offensive tackles. Ricketts was a WPIAL Quad North first-team selection. He also was a letterman on the track and field squad.
Full name is Thomas Gordon Ricketts III. He is the son of Tom and Sandy Ricketts and has two younger siblings, a brother, Trace, and a sister, TaylerRae. His parents were athletes at Pitt, with his mother on the swimming team and his father on the football squad. His father played in the NFL with Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Kansas City. Ricketts' aunt, Debbie Albright, was a member of the Penn State swimming team. In his spare time, Ricketts enjoys playing video games. He would like to pursue a career in business. Born April 9, 1992 in Pittsburgh, Pa.