Does SoCal Tight End Favor FSU?

The coaches for Florida State are out and about scouring the nation for the top recruits in the nation. One of the latest recruits to get a visit from FSU is Pierce Richardson from Encino, CA. NoleDigest caught up with Richardson to talk about his recruitment and to see if FSU has a shot at pulling him away from the west coast.

Coaches all across the nation are now out and about traveling across the nation visiting some of the nation's elite players. One of the players who have seen the interest in him grow rapidly lately is Crespi Carmelite High standout Pierce Richardson. The tight end recruit has seen coaches from some of the top programs stop by his school over the past week to see what he can offer.

"Right now I don't have any offers but there are a lot of schools coming to see me and there have been a lot of schools calling me," said Richardson. "Florida State came to see me Monday. Boise State, Colorado, California, Arizona State, UNLV are showing me a lot of interest and Notre Dame came to see me Wednesday. I don't have any offers right now but that is going to change."

FSU coach Dexter Carter has been out west visiting the top recruits out there. Growing up Pierce says he favored the Seminoles, so it was a major accomplishment that they came all the way out to see him. As it stands right now it seems like schools will be chasing the ‘Noles throughout Richardson's recruitment.

"FSU is my top school right now," explained the 3-star about FSU. "Coach Carter came to see me Monday. I like them because they are a big time program. The tight end coach there really likes my film a lot. So far I've only talked to Coach Carter over the phone, thus I have not gotten the chance to talk to Coach Coley. I grew up watching FSU and the fact they came all the way out to California to see me is really awesome."

While Richardson doesn't have any official offers an offer from FSU would go a long way as he says he'd give serious thought in making a commitment.

"If FSU offers me I will make an unofficial visit and seriously consider committing," stated Richardson. "The thing is with the economy I won't visit if they don't offer me due to the cost it is to get to Florida. FSU has really great tradition so I like them a lot."

It is early in Pierce's recruitment so things may in fact change. He told NoleDigest that he does have a top 5 and that the biggest things he'll be looking for are tradition and the location of the school. According to the Crespi star distance will not be a factor.

"My top schools are FSU, Boise State, Arizona State, Cal and Notre Dame," said Richardson. "The main things I'm looking for in a school are tradition and location. I want to leave California for sure so distance isn't a factor to me or my parents."

Look for the fact that he has no offers to change as teams evaluate Pierce as a prospect. He has elite size to go along with this ability to run various routes. For a guy who is 6'6" and 235 pounds Richardson says his quickness is what makes him hard to stop.

"I'd say the things that make me standout are my size and speed (6'6 235 40: 4.68 shuttle 4.34)," Richardson said, "and also the fact that I can play 3 positions like tight end, wide receiver and H-back. My school runs the spread so I run really good routes, but at the same time I'm a physical blocker."

Look for a decision to come from Pierce before the season as he has his sites set on a championship.

"I want to make my choice early so I can focus on my senior year and win CIF (PAC-5 highest level if football in CA)," explained Richardson. "If I get the offer I want I'm going to commit. I'm also going to visit FSU if they offer."

Right now it seems that it would only be a matter when, not if, when it comes to Richardson's commitment if an offer comes from the Seminoles. Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Pierce's recruitment, as well as the rest of the recruiting targets for FSU's 2010 class.

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