2008 All Star East
5’9″ 160 lbs.
High School Coach: Mike Powell
High School, Class: Warren Cousino, A
Rick was a three year starter on varsity for Cousino and was a captain his senior year. In his freshmen year he was moved up to the varsity for the playoffs. During Rick’s four years of playing football at Cousino, the Patriots earned four straight MAC league Championships and four MHSAA State Playoff appearances. During his three years as varsity quarterback he rushed 330 times for 2,320 yards that averaged 7.0 yards per carry, 23TD’s and passed for 2,729 yards and 29 TD passes. On defense at free safety he had 146 tackles, 6 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. Rick was also the punter and punt returner. Rick’s junior year he lead the Patriots to the State Semi-Final football game and his senior season he lead the Patriots to an undefeated regular season (only the second time in school history) and the second straight MHSAA district championship. In the 2007 district championship game Rick orchestrated a perfect 5-pass play 70-yard drive with no timeouts and one minute of play for the game-winning touchdown. At the banquet Rick was named Mr. Patriot, the award given to the most outstanding Patriot scholar/athlete. Rick was also named the Most Valuable Player of the league his senior year.
Rick is also an outstanding student. He had an overall G.P.A. of 3.85, and an ACT score of 27. He was a member of the National Honor Society, a Student Mentor, on the All League Academic team and was involved in many community service programs during his four years at Cousino including the Patriot football reading program to the elementary students and helping the needy at Christmas.
Rick also played basketball for four years with the last three years as the starting point guard on the varsity team. He played baseball his freshmen year on the JV team and then was on the varsity track team the last three years.
Rick gave a special thanks to his mother, “because of the special notes you gave me every Thursday night and for always being positive and encouraging me to do my best in whatever it was that I did.” Rick also has a unique bond with his father and said, “Thank you Dad for the time and dedication you provided in helping me develop the tools needed to become a better athlete and most importantly a better person for the future.” He thanked his entire family for “the encouraging phone calls throughout the week and for taking the time out of their busy schedules to make sure they at least made it to one game throughout the year.” Rick also thanked his sister, “for coming home from Michigan State University every Friday to watch me play and for being there for me when I needed you most.”
Rick plans to attend college to study business or education and to play football.
MHSAA Scholar Athlete Finalist, 2007
All State Honoarble Mention Division 1-2, 2006
All State 1st Team Division 1-2, 2007
Top 20 in the State Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, 2007
National Football Foundation of Michigan Great 8 Prep Football Award, 2007
MAC White League MVP, 2007
All MAC White 1st Team, 06 & 07
All Macomb County 2nd Team Offense, 2006
All East Second Team Defensive Back, 2006
All Metro Honorable Mention Defensive Back, 2006
All Macomb County 1st Team Offense, 2007
All East 1st Team , Detroit News & Detroit Free Press, 2007
All Metro 2nd Team, Detroit News, 2007
Scholar-Athlete of the Week, Detroit Free Press, 06 & 07
McDonalds/Channel 7 Scholar/Athlete of the Week, 2007
Macomb County All Academic Team, 06 & 07