Richard gives high marks to ASU visit

The running back position is one of the highest recruiting priorities for ASU in the 2014 class, and early in the process Demario Richard has been identified as one of the Sun Devils' top targets in that role. The Palmdale (Calif.) standout visited Tempe unofficially over the weekend and came away deeply impressed by his experience.

"Man, it was lovely," Richard said of his visit to Arizona State. "Felt just like I was at home. Coaches showed a lot of love. I felt good, I really felt comfortable. I got along with all of the players Marion Grice, D.J. Foster, Taylor Kelly, Will Sutton…all of them. It was great.

"I sat down in the meeting rooms, broke down some film with coaches, and I went to some position meetings. Had a meeting with (running backs) coach Bo Graham, had a meeting with Coach Todd Graham. It was cool."

As he watched game film of the Sun Devils, Richard stated that he witnessed a very attractive scheme for players of his position.

"It's up tempo and they like to give running backs the ball a lot," Richard described. "They move the ball and score some points. I also liked, and this is not from the game film, that one of the top wide receivers (on the team) is the running back so that means basically the running back gets the ball to run or catch, and I love it."

The 5-10 200-pound Demario Richard rushed for for 1,722 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior. He is rated as a four-star prospect by Fox Sports Next and 26th nationally among all 2014 running backs. Needless to say that he has also been evaluated quite highly by the ASU staff.

"Coach Bo Graham said I'm a real smooth runner," Richard remarked, "I can stop and go at full speed, I can cut at full speed. Basically he just told me that I'm the big piece they're looking for.

"Coach Todd Graham said that I'm a fluid runner, I can stop and go, I can catch. I can block…he said he's never seen me (on film) drop any passes. He said that I'm the complete package and he said that's what they were looking for at Arizona State."

From a non-football perspective, Richard noted that he did like the size and looks of ASU campus, as well as the family atmosphere he witnessed during his trip. "I liked how the team did everything together," Richard commented. "They never went anywhere by themselves. But what really impressed me was how the coaches just have so much trust in their players. We sat down in the theater and got to ask questions and we got to ask questions to the players without the coaches even in the room. Everybody showed that these players have a lot of trust in these coaches and the coaches have a lot of trust in these players."

To date Richard reported offers from Arizona State, Arizona, Nebraska, Tennessee and UCLA. Naturally, those are the schools he is looking at the hardest now, as well as USC, Washington, Wisconsin, Florida and Florida State. Given the large number of suitors, Richard claimed that he wasn't looking to make an early decision.

"If that was the case, I would've made (the decision) yesterday (during ASU visit)," Richard said. "I'm taking this process as real as possible, this entire recruiting process. I'm really going to take some official visits before I decide anything."

"When I make my decision I'm going to basically see what a school has to offer, what they need to do to get me comfortable. I'm not asking for anything but basically the coaches' ability, how the players act around the coaches, how the players act around the team. Basically if they're a family a place where I can be comfortable. Most places have my major so that won't be a problem. So basically all of that and how the offense is run, how the defense is run, and how the practices are run."

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