Category: Mater Dei football

Five-star cornerback Elias Ricks commits to LSU

Elias Ricks gave the Tigers the greatest Christmas gift of all.
On Tuesday, the five-star cornerback out of Super 25 National Champion Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) committed to LSU.
Ricks is ranked the No. 1 cornerback and No. 3 player in California by 247 Sports. He’s the No. 9 player in the class of 2020.

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He proved his worth as a junior, getting nine interceptions and four pick-sixes — three of them in the CIF-SS semifinals — to help Mater Dei secure a spot in the CIF championship. He did not play in the final game of the season.
With his impressive abilities and stat line, Ricks was named to the ALL-USA first-team on defense.

Just A Inspiration To My People…
This Is For My Family#GEAUXTIGERS
— 12 (@Eliasricks2020) December 25, 2018
Ricks is LSU’s first five-star commitment for the class of 2020.
With his announcement, the Tigers sit at the No. 2 spot in 247 Sports‘ 2020 rankings, trailing only Alabama.
LSU has eight recruits labeled four-star players by the rankings site.

Mater Dei repeats as Super 25 National Champion, North Shore shoots up to No. 2 after state championship

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North Shore (Houston) claimed the 6A-I state title in dramatic fashion, knocking off then No. 5 Duncanville (Texas) 41-36 on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium.
With just three seconds left in regulation, North Shore quarterback Dematrius Davis threw a 45-yard Hail Mary pass which A.J. Carter reeled in to pull out the win.
Galena Park North Shore wide receiver A.J. Carter (4) makes the touchdown catch to win the 6A Division 1 State Championship against Duncanville at AT&T Stadium Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. Galena Park North Shore won 41-36. (Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle)
The catch capped off a perfect 16-0 season for the Mustangs.
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Davis threw for 333 yards and five touchdowns in the win, which propelled the Mustangs from No. 6 to No. 2 behind Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.), who repeats as Super 25 National Champion.
St. Frances Academy LB Shane Lee (Photo: Brian Dohn, 247Sports)
St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, Calif.) checks in at No. 3 followed by St. Frances Academy (Baltimore), which thumped Lee County (Leesburg, Ga.) 43-14 in GEICO State Champions Bowl Series on Saturday, and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) round out the top five.
Centennial High School (Peoria, Ariz.) got shutout 17-0 by Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.) in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series on Saturday.
Zach Charbonnet and Oaks Christian put their unbeaten record on the line when they face Calabasas in a huge Marmonte League game Friday night. (Photo: Marvin O. Jimenez, Special to the Star)
As a result, Centennial dropped out of the Super 25, making way for Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) to check in at No. 25.