Desmond Ridder, the dual-threat quarterback who led the St. Xavier High School football team to a 7-5 record last season, has committed to the University of Cincinnati.
Ridder, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound junior, said he committed to the Bearcats on Saturday. He plans to study architecture and engineering.
“I took a visit this past Friday, and the campus was beautiful and it’s one of the top campuses in the country,” said Ridder, who also had an offer from Eastern Kentucky University. “I felt at home. … All of the coaches made me feel like I’m part of the team already. I got back home Saturday and thought it over, and I couldn’t wait to commit. I was too excited.”
Ridder completed 110 of 199 passes last season for 1,319 yards and nine touchdowns with 13 interceptions. He also was the Tigers’ leading rusher with 668 yards and 12 TDs on 114 attempts.
The story of Ridder’s growth spurt has become somewhat legendary, as he was 5-10 and 135 pounds as a freshman before sprouting during the summer before his sophomore year.
“It just kind of happened naturally, but I try to work hard in the weight room and put on muscle (too),” Ridder told The Courier-Journal last November. “Then coach always says, ‘(peanut butter and jellys)’ so I ate a lot of PB&Js over the summer and during the winter.”
Ridder recently competed in the Nike Elite 11 Columbus Regional event and ranked third out of 45 quarterbacks from the Midwest. He said he wanted to commit to a school before embarking on his senior year of high school
“I didn’t really want to draw the process out too long,” he said. “Football isn’t a one-man sport. It’s focused on the team. We all have the goal to win state next year … and we have a good chance with a lot of returning starters. The will to win is unbelievable around here.”