Los Alamitos corner keeping his options open

It's virtually a given that Shaquille Richardson will spend his college career in the Pac-10. What school it will be is far from being decided though, as the cornerback continues to officially visit his suitors. Richardson returned this afternoon from his Arizona State visit and talked to Devils Digest about his experience.

"It was a real good visit," said the 6-0 175 Shaquille Richardson. "I got to meet all the coaches, and hang out with all the players. I think their campus and their facilities are the nicest I have seen in the Pac-10. I also like Coach Yarber and Coach Burns.

"I really like the defense they run and I know if I work hard I could play there early. Even though some of it is basic they do a good job disguising their coverages. They showed that Arizona (and their offense) was pretty predictable in that game."

Richardson, who was hosted by Matt Tucker, was offered a scholarship during Arizona State's summer camp in June. He wasn't able to participate in that event due to a calf injury which has healed since.

The Los Alamitos (Calif.) cornerback visited with his cousin, Serra High School wide receiver Paul Richardson. Both have been rumored to be a package deal and Arizona State was the first school that both players visited together. "I think it was really good that we both got to visit the same school," the cornerback admitted. "We wouldn't mind signing with different schools, but I could see us going to the same school too."

Oregon State, UCLA and Arizona are recruiting both cousins as well.

UCLA, Washington, Oregon State and Arizona are the only other programs Shaquille Richardson is considering at this point. He already visited Washington and Oregon State, and said that "the campus and the facilities, like the weight room were nicer at Arizona State." He added that he plans to visit UCLA and Arizona if not in December in early January.

"I don't a favorite school or a top three," Richardson claimed. "I want to visit all the five schools I'm considering and make a decision then. I'm going to look at the coaching staff, my teammates, and the type of defense that they run."

As a corner for the Griffins, Richardson collected 33 tackles, five interceptions, five passes defended, one sack and one fumble recovery. On offense he amassed 31 catches, 540 receiving yards and five scores. Los Alamitos lost in the first round of the Playoffs to Long Beach Poly and culminated their 2009 campaign at 8-3.


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