(EAST LANSING, MI) -- Published reports are stating for the first time that David Richard, MSU's #1 tailback entering the 2003-04 season is strongly considering transferring from the University. Internet rumors have circulated for months that the Missouri native has considered transferring, but the sophomore's father confirmed those rumors for the first time this week.
"It has nothing to do with Michigan State," his father told the Associated Press. "I think it's a great fit for David. And there's no dislike for Michigan State, despite what you might hear or read. But if I can't turn him around, he'll probably transfer to Missouri."
Richard's father says he's taking an active role in trying to dissuade the Missouri native from transferring. He believes State is a great fit and with Richard penciled in as the #1 tailback in a one-back set, the stage is set for stardom. Richard will finish the semester at MSU but then all his options are open.
Missouri recently got a verbal commitment from tailback Marcus Woods of Farmington Hills Harrison after coach John L. Smith pulled the prep star's offer when he discovered Woods was just 5' 8". The Spartans have been heavily wooing prep stars at both running back and wide receiver with little success. Yesterday, Seton Hall prep star Andre Callender joined the laundry list of recruits turning down the Spartans by verballing to Boston College. He will join wide receiver Dorien Bryant another Spartan target who joined B.C.
Now with the news that Richard might be history, MSU is re-doubling its efforts to land running back Tashard Choice of Georgia who is visiting Mississippi State this weekend and now will try to go late after Moorestown, NJ running back Albert Young, the New Jersey player of the year, who de-committed from Wisconsin earlier this week.