Ames Is Richardson's Kind of Town

Crespi (CA) High School's Pierce Richardson did not realize that he was in for a big surprise when he arrived for his two day visit to Iowa State.

"I was so surprised how nice everything was," said Richardson. "I just thought the school would be in the middle of nowhere and that I wouldn't be too impressed but the whole city and campus were great. All the people were so nice and I just loved it."

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end began his visit on Wednesday morning and feels he and has father got a lot accomplished. "We first got there and started talking with some of the coaches and players during media day and then they took me to the academic center which really blew me away," said Richardson. "Then I got to sit in with the players during the tight end's meeting which was a lot of fun. I really liked the coach (Coach Messingham) and then he showed me the facilities and the weight room and everything was really awsome."

One thing that stuck out the most during his first day in Ames was the availability of Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads. "Coach Rhoads is really a great coach and I have to say he really impressed me by really making an effort to talk with me and my dad considering it was media day," said Richardson. "Usually on my other visits when I met the head coach he would talk to me for like two minutes and that would be it. Coach Rhoads was talking to me a lot earlier in the day and then we got to talk for about 45 minutes in his office."

Today he got to see what things might be like at Iowa State if does end up choosing the Cyclones. "I went to practice this afternoon and I mostly focused on watching the tight ends," he said. "I got to see how they run things and I really liked it."

Richardson also enjoyed his talk with Iowa State offensive coordinator Tom Herman. "He told me how he thought I had really been underecruited because of my stats last year," he said. "But he told me that he felt that I could be a great player at Iowa State in his offense."

While Richardson thoroughly enjoyed his time at Iowa State he wasn't ready to end his recruitment at this point in the summer. "I really loved the place and hope to take an official visit out here during the season but I wouldn't have to take one to choose Iowa State," he said. "I would say that I'm very interested but I still can't list any favorites at this point. I still want to evaluate other schools before I make my final decision."

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