Richard Sherman Talks Recruiting

After landing one of California's top linebacker prospects last year, Venice High School's Jimmy Miller, State is once again combing the state for top notch recruits. With one committed, Venice High School running back Kenny Ashley, State is looking for more.

Richard Sherman, of Dominguez High School in Compton, California, is one. Sherman explained, in two words, how Mississippi State got involved in his recruitment.

"Kenny Ashley," said Sherman, who is a friend of the Mississippi State commitment. "We were at a camp one day working out and talking. He said he had committed to Mississippi State. I had just started my recruiting, so he said they would probably be interested in me also. He told me about their coach, Guy Holliday. And I've been staying in contact with him ever since by calling him."

Since then, his interest in State has picked up steam, enough that he now has them listed among his top five schools.

"My top schools are Stanford, Mississippi State, Colorado, Nebraska and UNLV," said Sherman, a 3.9 gpa student in the classroom.

Actually, when you take into consideration who he wants to visit, they look to be in his top four.

"I want to officially visit Mississippi State, Nebraska, Stanford and Colorado," he acknowledges. "I don't know who my last one will be. I'm currently in the process of setting up my visits."

While he plays both wide receiver and cornerback in high school, he said MSU is mainly looking at him to play on the defensive side of the ball, which suits him fine.

"(Coach Holliday) said they like me at corner because they are looking for a tall corner," said the 6-3, 175-pounder, who plans on officially visiting MSU in December. "And I prefer playing corner."

While football will be the sport that earns him a full ride to college, don't be surprised to see him competing on the school's track and field team as well. Sherman is one of the top triple jumpers in the nation. Last season, his top jump was 49' 5.75", which was the 16th best in the nation, according to When asked if he wants to play both sports in college, he said without hesitation that, "yes, I plan on playing both sports."

Will that help Mississippi State, a school that has one of the better track and field programs in the nation, in their recruitment of Sherman? To find out, keep it right here as we continue to follow this multi-talented youngster.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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