Richard talks ASU pledge

For months now it has been a two-Pac 12 team battle for the services of Demario Richard, with Arizona State having a slight lead over Washington. A recent unofficial visit to Tempe coupled with today's news about Huskies' head coach Steve Sarkisian leaving for USC, prompted the four-Star running back to make his announcement on his birthday that he has committed to ASU.

Richard talks ASU pledge Four-Star prospect makes the call on his birthday For months now it has been a two-Pac 12 team battle for the services of Demario Richard, with Arizona State having a slight lead over Washington. A recent unofficial visit to Tempe coupled with today's news about Huskies' head coach Steve Sarkisian leaving for USC, prompted the four-Star running back to make his announcement on his birthday that he has committed to ASU. "I came home from school and was talking to my dad," Richard said, "and me and my family were in an agreement that Arizona State – that is where it all started for me. They were one of the first schools to talk me, Coach Graham came in there and they started winning. He is a holy man and my family is holy too and that was big with me.

"Everytime I've been to ASU it felt like family. I came kind of late to the (Arizona) game and I thought I would have to wait until halftime for my passes but they came through for me and made sure I was on the sidelines before the game started. That showed me a lot. They always showed me love so that is where I'm going. My family, my coaches, everybody loves Arizona State too and I know it's a great fit for me."

The big news in the Pac-12 today was obviously the announcement that University of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian resigned from his post to accept the same position at USC. Richard admitted that this news did impact his decision.

"It played a huge role," Richard said of the Sarkisian news, "because that's my guy and we have also been going at since forever too. You never know about that offer if it's going to be good at SC now."

Scout.com's National Recruiting Analyst, Greg Biggins, said in a previous evaluation that the 5-10 200-pound Demario Richard is a physical runner and well-rounded offensive weapon.

"Richard is a strong, compact runner and has great balance and vision," Biggins said. "He runs with power and has great lower body strength. He's not a burner but is fast enough and is quick to the hole and very decisive. He's able to run between the tackles or bounce it outside, doesn't shy away from contact and always seems to finish his runs falling forward. He competes hard and has a strong work ethic off the field.

"There really isn't much of a concern with Richard but if you wanted to nitpick, you can see he's not the home run threat and doesn't have game breaking speed of some other backs. As mentioned, Richard runs well, probably a lot to mid 4.6-40 guy, which is plenty fast enough."

Richard said that he cannot wait to display his skills for the maroon and gold.

"I know that me and D.J. (Foster) will be one of the most explosive backfields in the Pac-12," Richard said. "You have my man Manny (Wilkins) at quarterback and he's been like a brother to me. He was a big influence in my decision but when we would talk it wasn't only about Arizona State, we talked about everything like brothers do. We are real close"

West Virginia is another school that Richard has been eyeing for a while, albeit not as much as the two aforementioned Pac-12 programs. The Palmdale standout still intends to check the Mountaineers out.

"I'm still going to visit West Virginia on December 14th, that is when I was supposed to visit Washington," Richard said. "But my commitment to ASU is solid and I will them on January 18th. I don't have any other visits lined up.

"I'm happy I committed on my birthday because I got tired of this recruiting stuff."


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