Chad Ricker

Argyle pitcher Chad Ricker throws a pitch during a playoff game against Iowa Park in Abilene Wednesday evening.

Argyle pitcher Chad Ricker, who has grabbed the state’s attention with an impressive run of dominance in the Class 4A playoffs, is back on the market after announcing his decision to decommit from Texas-San Antonio on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

Ricker committed to UTSA in November but never signed a national letter of intent and said he was essentially going to be a preferred walk-on for the Roadrunners. His playoff performances, plus UTSA coach Jason Marshall's decision to resign May 27, opened the door for Ricker to reconsider his plans.

Division I teams are allotted 11.7 full scholarships, which can be divided between a maximum of 27 players. 

"After these last couple weeks, I have been getting some interest from other schools offering scholarship money," Ricker said. "I basically made this decision to help my family out financially."

Ricker solidified himself as Argyle’s ace early this season and has been lights-out in the postseason, throwing 21 consecutive hitless innings. For the year, Ricker is 11-0 with a 0.94 ERA. He’s racked up 95 strikeouts in 76 1/3 innings and has a 0.852 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning).

Ricker is hitting .313 with 34 RBIs, 24 runs and a team-high five home runs.

Ricker is slated to start for Argyle in Wednesday’s Class 4A state semifinal against La Vernia at 4 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin. With a win, the Eagles would play Sweeny or Kilgore in the state final at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

"Right now I am focused on winning state, but after that I'll take everyone's calls and see which school best fits me," Ricker said. "I'm looking for a good education, somewhere I can have an opportunity to play and somewhere that has coaches and tools that I can use to become the best baseball player I can be."

BRADY KEANE can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @BradyKeane. 

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