Richardson not Surprised by Florida Rout

Pahokee wide receiver Nu'keese Richardson had a very long weekend. He spent Friday night beating another high school football team. He spent early Saturday attending the burial services of a fallen teammate. He spent the afternoon in a car driving to Gainesville. He watched the Gators pulverize the third ranked LSU Tigers and then he decided to have some fun until early in the morning.

The weekend continued Sunday when he woke up late, but stayed in Gainesville to late afternoon and then had to drive back to Pahokee. I was able to reach Richardson about 9 p.m. Just after a long slumber in the car.

"I just woke back up," he said sluggishly. "I was up till like six in the morning (laughing).

The night before was exciting as the Gators posted a 51-21 win over the third ranked Tigers of LSU. Richardson was in the south end zone and witnessed the beat down first hand. He came away impressed with the offense in the game and the overall play of his future team.

"The game was great, it was crazy," Richardson said. "I wasn't really surprised. I believe in Florida and believe they can pull it off. The passing offense was clicking. It looked like everything was going as planned. I really liked how they opened it up more passing the ball. They seemed to be running the ball a lot more earlier in the year.

He didn't socialize much during the game, maybe partly because he was a little worn down from such a long weekend, but he did focus on the Gator offense. Afterwards he did hang out with fellow recruits and cornerbacks Marsalis Teague and Branden Harris. All of them were hosted by true freshman Gator star Janoris Jenkins among others.

"I was really caught up into the game," he said. "I was watching Percy and really the other receivers as well. I hung out with Marsalis and Branden. We all hung out with Janoris after the game. I have been in Gainesville before so I know what its all about. We just hung out at Janoris' apartment."

The Florida coaches made sure that Richardson knew he was important to their future over the weekend, even with several other high profile non-committed players on campus.

"Coach Meyer and Coach Gonzales were all over me," Richardson said. "Coach G said he was ready to get me suited up. He told me he is coming to the Muck Bowl to watch me play."

Richardson grew tired of the recruiting process and after visiting Florida, knowing what Janoris Jenkins had to say about Florida, and knowing how well he fits in the offense, he decided he would pull the trigger. His official visit is to come later, but in the meantime there is one more place he will visit...next week.

"I am going to take my official to Florida either for the South Carolina game or in December," he said. "I am going to take a trip to Georgia next weekend."

Nu'keese Richardson plays quarterback for Pahokee and is a star in every sense of the word. There is no doubt his best playing days are ahead of him and as a wide receiver but the staff at Pahokee needs the ball in his hands and so he touches it every play as the quarterback. The Florida Gators feel a lot like the coaches at his high school, they can't wait to see the ball in his hands. Richardson will be enrolling in school in January to get a jump start on learning the offense.


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