A phone call from Bret Bielema and a fortune cookie was all it took for Gabe Richardson to get some great news on Monday night.
Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College defensive end/outside linebacker Gabe Richardson got good advice from a fortune cookie on Monday night that was followed by great news from Bret Bielema.
Richardson had agreed to blue-shirt at Arkansas this fall. That basically means he would be on the football team this fall, but not go onto scholarship until January when the Razorbacks could count him forward to the Class of 2018. However, that all changed on Monday night when he got a call from Bret Bielema. Richardson now will be on scholarship when he reports and count to the Class of 2017.
"I've been getting recruited by Arkansas since November and in January I was told how my recruiting process was going to go with them," Richardson said. "It was hard to really accept. Hard for me and and even harder for my mother knowing how hard I worked. 15 other schools had full scholarships for me and I chose the one who didn't."
The future Hog talked about how that changed on Monday night.
"But around 8 o'clock my friend Yulissa took me to a Chinese restaurant," Richardson said. "Of course that's my favorite food because it always comes with a message. Well my message read, 'Be patient, good things happen to those who are patient'. Later on that night around 10 I was talking to Yulissa and was venting and Coach B called. I thought he was just checking on me. I introduced him to her and they talked for a little and Coach B told me the NCAA has given them clearance to grant me a scholarship."
For Richardson, that call from Bielema proved to him that patience will reward a person with good things.
"I no longer have to blue-shirt," Richardson said. "Coach said 'thank you for being loyal to the University of Arkansas and being patient with us thank you.'"
What was your reaction to the call?
"I almost cried man," Richardson said. "I called my mom immediately and she sounded tired but she woke all the way up when I told her the news. I know now my mother slept better knowing I'm secure with my future plans toward Arkansas. I'll be in Fayetteville for my official visit on the 14th of April."
In 2016, Richardson had 60 tackles, six sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss.