OL Dace Richardson Enjoys Iowa-OSU, Fan Support

Dace Richardson has made a few unofficial visits to the University of Iowa, but yesterday was his first game day experience in Iowa City. Richardson talks about his first experience at Kinnick Stadium, and the opportunity he'll receive in blocking for Jake Christensen in the upcoming Scout.com US Army All-American game.

Many of the premier prospects in the Chicagoland area this fall have already made several previous trips to the University of Iowa, including offensive lineman Dace Richardson. Many would believe an official visit is the only learning experience they would have left to gain more of an understanding of the football program.

However, in Richardson's case, his visit to Iowa City yesterday marked the first time he had attended a game at Kinnick Stadium.

"This was my first game I ever have attended at Kinnick Stadium" said Richardson. "I was at the spring game, but it looks much bigger when it is packed like it was yesterday. Their fans were just crazy, and the team looked really good. It was a fun time, and it was something else in seeing despite all the running back injuries how they can still move the ball."

When asked what he walked away learning the most from his visit to Iowa, Richardson mentioned many of you currently reading this article.

"I'd say I learned much more on their fan support. The fans support them through thick and thin, and they showed up yesterday. It was cool to see the possibility of playing in front of that type of crowd."

Originally, Richardson was slated to be joined by teammate Anthony Moeaki on the visit, but it appears the two will re-schedule plans to check out a Hawkeye game in the future.

"Anthony decided to stay home when his father found out he wouldn't be able to make it. I'm sure he'll ask me for a bit of a report, but I do know we are planning on coming back over for the Wisconsin game so he'll get his first experience, as well."

Richardson was joined by fellow offensive line recruits Dan Doering and Rafael Eubanks. As I asked Eubanks in a previous article this afternoon, did he get the feeling Iowa was trying to recruit them as a unit?

"Yeah, I got that feeling, and they are just trying to put together a real good offensive line. I know they are trying to build their line in helping them contend for national championships, and I think if we decide to play together that we certainly would have that possibility. They know Dan and I are tackles, and they are plugging their other top guys like Rafael and David Moosman at center and guard."

Richardson will officially visit Tennessee this upcoming weekend, and has set his official visit to Iowa for December 10th. He knows he will visit USC, and has left his other two visits up in the air between Oklahoma, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Dace plans to announce his decision at halftime of the Scout.com US Army All-American game on January 15th, and the week of practice heading into the game may help him make his decision.

"I'm looking forward to being able to watch and play alongside Jake Christensen at the game. I'm sure I'll get to learn a lot more about him, and I'll also be blocking on the same line with Dan (Doering). I know there is a chance that Dave and Rafael could still be invited, too, so it'd be neat to all be blocking as the same unit to get a feeling for ourselves."

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