NJ Athlete Visited Duke Last Weekend

Columbus, N.J., athlete Thaddeus Richards is athletic enough and has the size to play either wide receiver or cornerback at the next level, but schools have chosen to recruit him more on the defensive side of the ball at this point. While he has no offers in hand, he has been hearing from programs all over the nation already.

Thaddeus Richards, a 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback from Northern Burlington Regional High School missed five games due to injury this season, but still managed to make first-team All-Conference as a defensive back. Right now he has one unofficial visit in the books and is hearing from plenty of others he'd like to go see.

"I hear mostly from Duke, Northwestern, Ohio, Purdue, Stanford, North Carolina and Vanderbilt," Richards offered. "I get letters regularly from all of those schools, but Ohio is the one that has been sending me handwritten stuff lately. I also took a visit to Duke to see two teams I'm interested in play each other."

"I went to Duke to watch them play North Carolina and it was a great game on both sides of the ball," Richards explained. "Duke is definitely a program that is on the rise which speaks volumes about David Cutcliffe and the rest of his coaching staff. It's a very good atmosphere down there and you can see that it's not just a basketball school anymore which is a big plus."

Despite missing five games with a fractured forearm, Richards finished his junior season with 35 tackles, two interceptions and three pass breakups. On offense he had 16 catches for 232 yards. He was named first-team All-Conference at defensive back and was the recipient of the Burlington County Football Club Scholar Athlete Award. He reports a 3.7 core GPA.

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