After a flurry of offers last month, things have calmed down a bit on the recruiting front for four-star running back Demario Richard, but that doesn't mean he's been resting on his laurels. Despite not participating in track and field like many other backs, Richard is putting himself through his very own ringer.
"I'm in the weight room, I do my own cardio and Crossfit," Richard said. "Spring football just started, so now, it's just football. It's all about football now."
California defensive backs coach Barry Sacks even came out to visit Richard before spring ball even started.
"They came a couple weeks ago and watched a practice we had against Alemany and West Ranch," Richard said. "It was a little passing tournament, 10 plays on O, 10 plays on D."
Richard has also busied himself with researching his suitors, including the Bears and Oregon, who offered early last month.
"I've researched a couple of schools," said Richard. "I don't even need to research Cal. I know a lot about Cal already. The Oregon offer was pretty big, but they might be going on a little bit of probation, so I don't really know about them, as of right now. Everything's getting kind of hectic, but nothing I really can't handle."
The Ducks' potential loss could very well be the Bears' gain, particularly given the relationship Richard has developed with Cal running backs coach Pierre Ingram.
"I talk to him quite a bit," Richard said. "He's really just checking up on me, making sure everything's good, seeing how I feel about Cal, stuff like that. I'm excited about Cal. They're pretty high on my list. There's nothing really stopping them, as of right now."
While Richard's parents just want him to get a good education, regardless of where that education comes from, Richard does have his own list of criteria for his potential college destination. Richard wants to major in history, but what he wants most in a program is a secure future.
"Coaching stability, how the players feel about the coaches and about the team, if everything's close like a family," Richard said of what he's looking for. "If a recruit comes, everything stays the same. I also want to see what majors I could take."
Richard is planning to visit the Bears at some point next month, at some point after he takes the SAT on June 1.
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