Former PCC wide receiver Richard “Ricky” Blair has officially signed a scholarship letter of intent to play football for Middle Tennessee State University (MT), a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college.
Blair first received the offer from MT in October, during his last season as a Lancers wide receiver.
“I chose to play at MT because their staff and players were genuine and on my visit they made me feel like I was at home and part of their family which definitely helped the decision to sign there,” Blair said in an email.
Former head coach Thom Kaumeyer and wide receivers coach Andrew Tree both wished Blair the best at his new college. Both coaches acknowledged his hard work ethic both in sports and in academics.
“He’s a bright kid, has a good drive,” Kaumeyer said. “Really I think he’s going to turn some heads, to be honest with you.”
Rick Stockstill, head coach of the football team at MT, also felt that Blair was the right choice for the team.
“He’s an outstanding character,” Stockstill said. “I like his personality, I liked his work ethic.”
According to Stockstill, Blair still needs to increase his weight and height, but the football coach has every confidence that Blair will rise to the challenge.
“He’s done real well at the three weeks he’s been here,” Stockstill said. “I think he’ll adjust.”
For Blair, his transition to MT has been relatively smooth thanks in part to the efforts of the coaching staff at PCC.
“I learned a lot about life and becoming the human being I am today under coach [Thom Kaumeyer],” Blair said.
Blair has taken the opportunity at MT with a mixture of gratitude and relief both because he will get a chance to play at a Division I college and because he was given the opportunity to pursue a free education at a four-year university.
“Something not many get to have has humbled me and made me appreciate my time at PCC,” Blair said.
While at PCC, Blair led the Lancers in receiving and scoring. He was admitted to the PCC Top 10 in all-time receiving due to his record of 1,175 career yards and 77 career receptions.