Pierce Richardson: A Two Team Race

Crespi HS TE Pierce Richardson (Encino, CA) has seen his recruitment heat up in the past couple months as offers continue to roll in for the talented prospect. Richardson is still hoping to receive an offer from Boise State and he recently took an unofficial visit to San Diego State and Iowa State. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about those two visits and where he currently stands with Boise State.

Crespi HS TE Pierce Richardson (Encino, CA) has seen his recruitment heat up in the past couple months as new offers continue to roll in for the talented prospect. Richardson is still hoping to receive an offer from Boise State and he recently took an unofficial visit to San Diego State and Iowa State.

The recent visit to San Diego State landed Richardson his fifth offer. "I was talking to my recruiter and he wanted me to come to camp," he said in reference to San Diego State. "I didn't go to the camp. He then said they just wanted me to come down so they can see my size. I went down with my dad and they showed me around the school. I spoke to the Offensive Coordinator (Al Borges) and the Head Coach (Brady Hoke). They offered me after that."

Richardson (6'4, 216, 4.7) and his dad took a two day trip to Iowa State last week and the visit had surprisingly good results. "I was actually real surprised by how nice it was," Richardson said. "We flew into Minneapolis and drove about three hours to Ames. I got there and they had their media day. I got to talk to the coaches and some of the TEs. They showed me around campus and we went to the business building to talk to the academic people. Coach (Paul) Rhoads showed me around and that meant a lot to me since he's a busy guy," he added.

New Iowa State Head Coach Paul Rhoads is hoping to change the culture in Ames and Richardson came away impressed following his meeting with the new Cyclone head man. "I think Coach Rhoads is a great guy," he said. "He knows what he's talking about. He's a player's coach and a guy that can push you. He's a real great coach off the field."

One aspect that Richardson particularly liked is the fact that the Cyclones will be running the no-huddle spread. Tom Herman became Iowa State's Offensive Coordinator in January following a widely successful stint at Rice. "They run the no-huddle spread like my school. The play calls were real similar."

Pierce now has a firm top two following the visit to Ames. "Boise State and Iowa State are the two I'm looking at right now," he said. Assistant Head Coach Brent Pease has kept in touch with Richardson and the standout TE is hoping to get the coveted offer that he's been looking for since the start of the recruiting process. "I emailed Coach Pease and we talked about summer school and stuff," he said. "That means he's been talking to my coach. I'll probably shoot him an email today," he added.

The Crespi Celts started hot and cooled off late in the season in 2008. A 6-1 start to the season ended with three straight losses and Richardson hopes to lead Crespi back to the championship form of 2007. "We went 11-3 my sophomore year," he said. "We won league and made it to the Pac-5 finals before we lost to Long Beach Poly." There's D-1 talent all over the field this year for the Celts. They hope to put it all together. "We have the talent. It comes down to us wanting it."

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Pierce Richardson.

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