Thomas Dale DE Rick D’Abreu (Photo courtesy of USA Football)
recruit804 Fab 30: Rick D’Abreu DE/LB Thomas Dale #8
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
Equally as important as playing the part, you also have to be able to look the part. Thomas Dale starting defensive end Rick D’Abreu is a prospect that has been looking the part ever since he picked up a football. Last season was very difficult for D’Abreu to remain stationary at one position due to the amount of injuries being dealt to Thomas Dale. For that reason, D’Abreu found himself playing not only defensive end, but also defensive tackle and linebacker. He proved he was up for the challenge and it’s done nothing but make him a more versatile defender for the Knights and Coach Jones defense. Therefore, anything short of a top 10 entry for the one they call “Slick Rick” would be an injustice to his skill set.
Heading into the regular season, we recognize the top 30 senior prospects in and around the city of Richmond. Continuing our countdown as the 8th best senior prospect region-wide is Thomas Dale starting defensive end Rick D’Abreu.
#8 Rick D’Abreu (2019 DE/LB 6-2 235) – Thomas Dale High School
If I were going to start a defense then the first place I would look to solidify my defense would be the defensive line. Right up there in the top tier lineman I would chose from would have to be Rick D’Abreu. Despite having to play multiple positions across the defensive line, D’Abreu was able to accumulate 75 tackles (23 for loss) and eight sacks last season. He helped anchor a defense that only allowed 13 points per contest holding Hopewell and L.C. Bird to a combined 12 points in their respective matchups.
At the conclusion of the season, it didn’t take too long for collegiate programs to pick up on the trail that D’Abreu had been laying down. The United States Naval Academy was the first program to extend an offer in his direction followed by: Army, Richmond, Liberty and then Air Force. To date, D’Abreu has picked up 18 total collegiate offers including: Delaware, William & Mary, East Carolina and James Madison. He was awarded the opportunity to compete with the U.S. National Team in Mexico throughout the month of June where the U.S was able to obtain the bronze medal in the IFAF World Championship.
Maryland, West Point, Yale, James Madison, Coastal Carolina, William & Mary, Liberty and Richmond are more than a handful of programs where D’Abreu has visited over the last two months. The sky is no longer the limit for D’Abreu as it appears as though he’ll almost be able to go anywhere he points his finger to.
– Brandon Mitchell
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