DL Has UM Near Top Of List

At 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, St. Rose (La.) Destrehan standout defensive lineman Darryl Richard has been quite busy this summer.

"Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we work out as a team," Richard said. "We also practice on some days. I also went to a camp at Ulane and also another linemen camp. I've been keeping busy."

Richard, who scored a 28 on teh ACT on the first try, also competes in varsity basketball and track. He's been playing football since 7th grade.

"I actually started out as a running back and a linebacker," he said. "Then I started getting pretty big and they eventually moved me to defensive line, which is where I am now."

As a junior last season, Richard emerged as one of the area's top defensive lineman when he finished the year with 80 tackles and 10.5 sacks. He competed in the same district as incoming freshman defensive end Vegas Franklin.

"I know Vegas," he said. "That guy was really fast. He was a real good athlete. They moved him all around. I've seen him playing linebacker, defensive back, a little of everything."

Like Franklin last year, Richard is quickly becoming one of the state's top defensive prospects.

"It's been getting heavy," he said of the recruiting process. "The only big name college that hasn't been talking to me is Ohio State. I've gotten stuff and heard from pretty much all the other top programs."

The talented defensive lineman singles out seven of them when asked for a list of current favorites.

"Miami, Florida State, LSU, Tulane, Colorado, Stanford, and Notre Dame are the ones I really like right now," he said. "They have all offered me except for Miami and Florida State."

Richard talked more about the Hurricanes and where they may fit into his future plans.

"I get all the mail and stuff from them and I got a phone call in May from one of their coaches," he said. "They said they're going to hold off on offering me. I can understand I guess because I don't think they've even seen my tape yet. They said they like to see senior stuff so I guess they're going to wait to see what I can do."

The standout defender is very high on the Hurricanes, especially if they offer him a scholarship later in the year.

"I haven't decided on visits yet but I know Miami would be up there, especially if they offered," he said. "That's a very solid program. They're known for putting a lot of defensive lineman into the NFL and they always have a pretty good defense."

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