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FROM SLADE'S HEAD COACH TONY LILLY
"It has truly been an honor to coach Ricky Slade for the past four years. He has been one of the most talented student-athletes I have had the pleasure of coaching in my 22-year career. Ricky is an extremely talented young man, who every week I get to witness his skill set on the football field. He brings the ability to run the ball out of the backfield with vision and an acceleration like none I have ever seen. He also has hands where we can get the ball to him in space and put him in one-on-one situations of which he has the ability to make people miss in the open field. What Ricky brings to Penn State is a player who is one of the hardest working players with the competitive nature that drives him to be successful. He loves the team atmosphere and he brings a skill set that will potentially see him playing on Sundays in the future."
High School: Four-year letterman for head coach Tony Lilly at C.D. Hylton High School...Two-time team captain...Selected to the Under Armour All-America Game and the Polynesian Bowl...Had seven carries for 23 yards and four receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown for Team Spotlight in the Under Armour Game...Competed in The Opening Finals on Team Mach Speed with future teammate Justin Shorter...Garnered All-USA Offense second team accolades from USA Today as a senior...Named the 2017 Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year, becoming just the second player from Prince William County to win the honor (B.J. Hawkins in 1989)...Selected as 2017 All-USA Virginia Offensive Player of the Year...Named the VHSL Class 6A Offensive Player of the Year as a senior...Claimed a first-team spot on USA Today's ALL-USA Virginia Football Team as a senior...Named to USA Today's all-state second team as a junior...Was a first-team VHSL Class 6A All-State selection as a running back and kick returner as a senior...Collected first-team VHSL Class 6A All-State honors as a running back as a junior...Named Washington Post All-Met first team in 2017...Selected All-Occoquan Region first team as a running back and kick returner as a senior...Three-time all-region choice...Three-time all-district selection...Three-time all-conference honoree...Finished with 5,499 career rushing yards, which is second in county history...Accounted for 1,978 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns to go along with 22 receptions for 283 yards and five scores as a senior...Rushed for more than 300 yards in two games, including a school-record 343 yards against Colgan...Scored eight touchdowns against Colgan, which ranks fifth all-time in Virginia High School League history...Had 1,509 rushing yards with 16 touchdowns and 338 receiving yards with four scores as a junior...Recorded 711 rushing yards with eight touchdowns in just five games as a sophomore...Had 1,309 rushing yards and 18 scores as a freshman...A consensus four-star prospect by all three major recruiting outlets - 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Is a five-star on the 247Sports Composite...Ranked as the No. 62 overall prospect, No. 1 player in Virginia and No. 1 all-purpose back nationally by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 17 overall prospect, No. 2 running back, No. 1 in Virginia and No. 4 in the region by ESPN...Ranked No. 37 overall prospect, No. 2 running back and No. 2 recruit in Virginia by Rivals...Lettered once in track and field as a sprinter.
Personal: Full name is Richard D. Slade Jr....Son of Heather and Richard Slade Sr....Has two sisters, Kailyn Slade and Brittney Hazel...Sister, Kailyn, played soccer at Virginia Commonwealth University...Volunteered as a peer mentor in high school...Hobbies include playing basketball...Played at the same high school as Penn State offensive lineman Chasz Wright...Born April 24, 2000 in Fairfax, Virginia.