Richardson Commits to ECU

2015 Mauldin (S.C.) wide receiver Taz Richardson announced his commitment to East Carolina Wednesday night. Inside ECU Sports talked with him about his decision.

East Carolina added another commit in 2015 Mauldin (S.C.) wide receiver Taz Richardson, who announced his commitment on Twitter Wednesday night.

The Pirates were the first ones to extend an offer to Richardson. His second offer came from UNC Charlotte and he's also had coaches from James Madison and Charleston Southern visit him. Even so, the effort ECU put into recruiting him stood out.

"ECU showed me the most interest," said the 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect. "When I went to the spring game, (inside receivers) coach (Donnie) Kirkpatrick showed me around the weight rooms and showed me the field. Once I go again for a visit, he's going to show me the campus life…Out of all the colleges that have been recruiting me, I feel like ECU has the best program academically and for football."

Richardson is a perfect fit for offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley's air raid offense. During his junior campaign, he caught 70 passes for 1,068 yards and nine touchdowns.

Eventually, Richardson will suit up with Mauldin teammate Dre Massey, who committed to ECU for next season. Massey was the team's quarterback this past season for Richardson's stellar junior season.

Even though he'll go into his last year without Massey's services, Richardson isn't deterred from finishing off his high school career on a high note. He's keen on spending this summer on becoming a better athlete so as to diversify himself as a receiver.

"First of all, I need to get faster," said Richardson. "I want to get 15 pounds of muscle. Most of the reps I get now are off screens, but eventually it's going to be more than just screens. If I get bigger, quicker and faster, I can be going on different route patterns."

During the spring game, Richardson got to see young receivers like Isaiah Jones, Jimmy Williams and DaQuan Barnes at work. The concentration of young talent at the wide receiver position is something that excites him about joining the program.

"There's a lot of competition," Richardson said. "The receivers playing now, I've looked at their high school highlight films and college film. Some of them are pretty good."

Richardson also expressed his excitement over the other six players that have committed from the 2015 class.

"They're really high ranking," said Richardson of his fellow 2015 commits. "Some three stars. I know they just got a dual-threat quarterback (John Jacobs) from Oklahoma, a safety from Myrtle Beach and a two-star linebacker."

Richardson has personal goals set for his final year in high school. He wants to build on his performance last season, which resulted in him being names Mauldin's most valuable offensive player. He broke school records for single-season receptions and receiving yards, as well as most catches in a single game.

"I want to break all the school records before I leave high school," said Richardson. "I broke three already, I just want to break the rest of them."

Richardson will spend his senior season preparing to compete for a top spot with ECU's offensive corps. With already impressive skill and athleticism, it will be interesting to see what kind of impact the newest 2015 commit will make.

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