SEC Is Richard's New Home

Chris Richard is off the board. The Lakeland (FL) Kathleen senior big man made his decision. He's going to play his college ball in the SEC.

Florida Lands Richard

The Florida Gators have their first recruit in the Class of 2003. Lakeland (FL) Kathleen power forward Chris Richard made his decision on Friday.

"I just wanted to let you know that Chris Richard is verbally committed to the University of Florida," Kathleen head coach Drew Taylor told "I think he had Florida, Miami, Auburn and Alabama [on his list]." Taylor said that the decision would allow the prospect's family to watch him play. Also, in choosing now, Richard in a sense does the other schools on his list a favor.

"After the Colorado event," Taylor said, "he wanted to narrow down the process. It gives the other schools an opportunity to recruit other kids at his position."

Taylor, whom we agree with, says Richard has a world of potential. "The sky is the limit." Coach Taylor is right. This is a young man who experienced a growth spurt and is working hard on his game. He chases shots and dunks what he can in the paint.

Richard is ranked among our mid-summer Top 30 prospects.

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