Wide receiver could get ASU offer

The last Palmdale (Calif.) wideout who landed at ASU went largely unnoticed in the recruiting circles. In comparison to former All-Pac 10 selection Derek Hagan, David Richards is already getting plenty attention from the conference's members. The wide receiver had a solid showing in last week's maroon and gold camp and talked to Devils Digest about his brief visit to Tempe.

"I felt pretty good after camp," said the 6-3 185 David Richards, "but I could have done better. I really liked Tempe and the campus. Arizona State has excellent facilities and I was most surprised by their weight room – it was top of the line."

As a junior for the 10-3 Falcons, Richards hauled in 36 passes for 789 yards and a team high 10 receiving touchdowns. As a defensive back he posted 29 tackles and an interception. His efforts landed him All-CIF honors in his team's section.

"Coach (Trent) Bray has been recruiting me since the spring," Richards stated. "I have a good relationship with him and with wide receivers Coach Broussard who is a friend of my dad's. He (Broussard) told me that he likes my size and the way I run routes. He does want me to work more on my get-off and creating separation from the cornerback."

To date the Palmdale standout has received offers from Oregon State, Arizona, Fresno State, Colorado State, San Diego State and New Mexico State. Richards already unofficially visited Arizona, USC (as part of the NIKE combine) and UCLA. He has no plans for other summer camps and combines since he will be busy in passing league tournaments with the Falcons, but he does expect his offer count to pick up with the Sun Devils as one of the likely candidates to fit that bill.

"I'm getting a good vibe from the Arizona State coaches," Richards noted. "I think there's a good chance that they would offer me before the season. I really would like an offer from them because they are in my top three with Arizona and Oregon State.

"Derek Hagan stops by the high school sometimes and tells me that Arizona State would be a great school to go to. If they offered me I would definitely take an official visit there because I don't plan to commit before I (officially) visit any schools. I'm looking for a school that has good academics, coaches that I get along with and give you a good vibe, and just a good place where I can see myself spending four, five years."

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