So Who Is Demetrius Richardson?

Since spring practice opened one of the big questions being asked is, "Who is Demetrius Richardson?" Looking back into our system we hope to shed a little light on the New Jersey native.

As a high school quarterback Demetrius Richardson was looked at by many college programs to be an athlete playing quarterback. At 6-foot-2, 213-pounds the Marlton (NJ) Cherokee High School product tested well at the Scout.com Combine in his home state.

But in the end offers came from programs like Army, Villanova, Delaware State, Eastern Kentucky, and Howard with only Connecticut being a BCS offer.

Wanting to be a quarterback pushed Richardson to look at Army the service academy and after visiting West Point, Richardson gave the Golden Knights his verbal commitment.

This past fall Richardson was enrolled at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS) that helps prepare selected candidates for admission to the United States Military Academy. He was part of the prep programs football team as a quarterback and played in several games.

But this spring saw Richardson show up on the campus of the University of Cincinnati in uniform for spring practice. But while the newest quarterback to jump into the rotation is learning this spring, you have to wonder what Brian Kelly knows.

The first thing that is easy to see is that the Bearcats signing of Lynell Payne has helped bring at least two players to the Bearcats program. Payne was good friends with defensive back Reuben Johnson and was a high school teammate of Richardson.

As a junior Richardson posted 1,220 yards with 11 touchdowns going 62-160. He also rushed for over 600 yards and eight touchdowns and should be considered a dual-threat quarterback. While Kelly had four quarterbacks returning he must have seen something from Richardson to place him on the spring roster as a quarterback.

Going back into our Scout.com archives we have the following highlights of Richardson as a junior in high school. Keep in mind Brian Kelly likes having quarterbacks that can move the pocket and Richardson's athletic ability allows for him to do just that.



But while Richardson is an exciting prospect to have on the roster, the road to the field will take some time.


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