Peach State prospect emerges

With apologies to Blake Mitchell, Reggie Ball, Jimmy Barthmaier, and Dustin Wade, the best quarterback prospect in the state of Georgia may be one that has yet to make his first high school start.

Zach Richardson - QB

6-5, 210, 4.8
Marietta, GA - Lassiter

School Preferences: Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, Miami, and LSU

  • Summer Camps: Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, Furman, and Presbyterian Team camp.

  • Other sports: Center/Power Forward on basketball team

Profile 2003 - Zach Richardson (QB)

A relative unknown among the recruiting fans and analysts alike until now, quarterback Zach Richardson may be the top quarterback prospects in a year that features at least for division 1 QB's in Georgia. At 6-5 and 210 pounds Richardson is physically ready to contribute early. He has waited his turn behind 2 year starter Patrick Brown, and he will put on a show this year in Lassiter's spread offense, much like he has been putting on shows at camps this summer.

While he is just being introduced to recruiting fans, today, college coaches are already aware of the big lefty and his vast potential. He has camped at Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, and Furman. He was named the MVP of the quarterbacks at Furman, and he has drawn the attention of coaches wherever he has camped. "We went up to Tennessee for the first time early this summer," said Richardson's dad Arthur. "We really didn't know what to expect. When we walked in, the folks there were like 'What position do you play? Tight End?' When Zach answered 'quarterback' you could tell they were a little surprised. But when the camp was over, one of the coaches came over and said, 'We REALLY like Zach.' Since he didn't start last year, people are kind of waiting on some game film, before they offer scholarships."

Offers will come, make no mistake about that. The 6-5 lefty can make any throw. He has touch on the deep ball, and he can zing the seams and out routes. At 6-5 he delivers the ball smoothly over the top, and he has great footwork. Most players that lack game experience look a little raw in their mechanics and their reads. Richardson does not look raw, and he is going to be one of the more talked about prospects in the south before this recruiting season is over.

Richardson is taking the process in stride right now. "I've had a good times at the camps that I've been to," said Richardson. "I can't wait for the season to start. Practice starts next week, and we have a couple of scrimmages before our first game on September 6th. We run a 4 wide, shotgun offense, and sometimes we even go to a no back 5 wide look." In order to take advantage of his strength and mobility Lassiter has even installed a bit of the wishbone this year. While he has been made to wait, it certainly seems as if the coaching staff at Lassiter is ready to unleash all of the talents of the strong armed Richardson who also has 4.8 speed at 210 pounds.

When it comes to college choices, Richardson is keeping an open mind. "I don't really know where I want to go yet. I'm pretty wide open really. I like Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, Miami, and LSU a lot though. I'm just looking forward to this season."

After the shows Richardson has put on at camps across the summer, there are a lot of people looking forward to his season at Lassiter.

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