Former Penn State running back and five-star prospect Ricky Slade will be rejoining ex-Nittany Lions offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne at Old Dominion. Slade made his announcement with a post on Twitter on Friday.
It had been rumored that Slade was heading to Old Dominion earlier this week, but nothing official had been announced until Friday.
“New beginnings,” Slade wrote on Twitter. “Let’s get it.”
— RS3⛏ (@TheSlade_Era) June 26, 2020
Slade will be the highest-ranked player ever to suit up for Old Dominion. He was a former five-star running back who ranked as the No. 27 prospect in the 2018 recruiting class.
In two seasons at Penn State, Slade totaled 92 carries for 471 yards and eight touchdowns. While he certainly showed flashes of brilliance during his time in State College, the running back room is loaded with talented ball carriers.
As Journey Brown, Noah Cain and Devyn Ford all ascended last season, it limited the number of touches Slade had. He finished the 2019 campaign with 214 yards and two touchdowns.
The addition of Slade is huge for Rahne, who will be a first-time head coach in 2020. He had previously been on James Franklin’s staff at since 2011, serving as the quarterbacks coach at Vanderbilt until 2013 and joining Franklin at Penn State in 2014. Rahne took on multiple roles with the Nittany Lions, starting as the quarterbacks coach before moving to tight ends coach and eventually offensive coordinator.
Slade will have two years of eligibility remaining.