Richard rolling with seven offers

Peabody Magnet (Alexandria, La.) RB Jalen Richard rushed for approximately 2,300 yards last year, and he's getting plenty of attention from college recruiters...

Jalen Richard knows how to get into the end zone. Last year, he scored more than 30 touchdowns for the Peabody Magnet Warhorses, including seven TDs vs. Leesville, six vs. Bolton and five vs. Crowley.

The 220 points scored by Richard during the 2010 season were second in Louisiana only to Oberlin senior RB Cedric Skinner (244).

Richard ran for 353 yards vs. Grant and 333 yards against Crowley, which has a pretty darn good running back in LSU commit Davante' Bourque.

"We beat them (Crowley) last year," said Richard. "Bourque is a good athlete. He had one play where he picked up the ball off the ground on a kickoff return and took it all the way."

What's the latest on Richard's recruitment?

"I have offers from Louisiana Tech, BYU, ULM, Memphis, McNeese State, Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana," he said. "I was planning to go to Tech's camp last weekend, but I couldn't make it after I strained my knee at Ole Miss' camp.

"I talked to Coach (Tommy) Spangler about it and let him know I wouldn't be coming. He wants to get me up there around their staff before the next camp. We're going to try and figure something out where I can go to Ruston."

Richard continued to expound on his recruitment.

"BYU saw my YouTube video, called my head coach, and told him they wanted to offer me. They didn't have my phone number, so I got the news from my coach.

"I like Tech. Coach Spangler and Coach (Pierre) Ingram came down to Alexandria during the spring. That's when they offered. Tech plays good competition in the WAC.

"Ole Miss is close to pulling the trigger. Coach (Tyrone) Nix told me after their camp that he wants to offer me right now. He said I exceeded their expectations when they evaluated me. Once their camps are completely over, they're going to sit down at the table and shoot out new offers.

"The situation is looking really good at Ole Miss. They have four backs and two will be graduating. Coach Nix doesn't believe in redshirting backs. It's just a real good place and I like the fact that they - and Louisiana Tech - have engineering departments."

Tennessee is another favorite.

"They're on me," said Richard of the Volunteers. "Coach (Derek) Dooley wants to see me up there this summer. Their staff has been watching me since my freshman year."


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