Keller's Main Target in High School To Visit

When the Sun Devils recruit Angelo Richardson, one thing that can spend little time on talking about is quarterback Sam Keller. The Santa Rosa Junior College wide receiver was Keller's go-to-guy at San Ramon Valley (Calif.) high school, and has been friends with the ASU signal caller for quite a while. Thanks in part to Keller, Richardson will visit Tempe this weekend.

"Arizona State has been recruiting me a little after the season started," said the 6-2 196 Angelo Richardson. "The coaches are real friendly and cool, and show that they do have your best interest. I like that about them." Richardson is being recruited by ASU QB's Coach Mark Helfrich, and has also met DL Coach Ted Monachino.

Naturally, the Sun Devil signal had significant part in bringing Richardson for a visit. "He's been working me hard," stated Richardson with a smile. "He said I can come in and make an immediate impact. He told me I would love it down there, and they are very football oriented. The team really helps the players in the classroom."

Ever since Keller and Richardson met at a Nike camp in Michigan, the two have become good friends. The friendship is one that paid dividends on the field at San Ramon Valley. "I wasn't the lead receiver in catches, but I was the lead receiver in touchdowns," Richardson recalled. "I had like 17-18 of those. I had just 46 catches for 1,100 yards. Him and I had a great connection. He's my boy."

The list of suitors is too long for the Santa Rosa standout to recite, but the five programs that he will visit seem clear-cut. "Arizona State is my first visit," he remarked. "I'm visiting Arizona on January 6th – I don't know if Sam is mad at me for visiting them, but that's just recruiting. My other visits are most likely gonna be USC, Notre Dame and Miami."

According to Santa Rosa head coach Keith Simons, Richardson collected 1,334 yards on 93 catches in 2005. He set school records in many categories, and his 18 touchdowns led all of JC players in California. "In five of our games we were so far ahead that he was on the bench," Simons remarked. "His numbers could be even better if he played all four quarters in those games. He's a very strong receiver. He doesn't double catch anything. He plays with no fear, and will expose his body if he needs to. Very tough physically and mentally."

The 2005 first team All-Norcal Conference, gave his own opinion of his skills. "I need to work on my blocking, sinking down more on my breaks," he explained. "I do catch every ball thrown my way, and I run a 4.3, so once I catch it I'm out of there fast. Any school I go to, I want to come in right away and be the guy." Richardson's favorite NFL receiver is Bengals' Chad Johnson, even though idolizing him may get the ultra-friendly ASU prospect in trouble. "I have the gold teeth just like Johnson does (smile)," he said. "My parents don't approve of them, so I don't wear them anymore. Even though I come from Oakland where everybody has gold teeth, my parents don't want to see me with those on TV (laughs)."

The Bear Cubs finished the 2005 season 8-3 and were crowned the Producers Dairy Bowl Champions after defeating Fresno City College, which is ironically the college Richardson transferred from after his freshman year. "He had a slow season there," remarked Coach Simons. A fact that surely didn't hurt his prospects this year.

Richardson is a May graduate, and has three years to play two.

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