Richard thinking about summer trips

Nebraska is looking at another California running back after landing Terrell Newby last year from West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade College Prep. This running back has a Nebraska offer and is considering visiting Lincoln this summer.

Demario Richard, a 5-foot-10 and 200-pound running back from Palmdale (Calif.), is running track this spring. Richard also said that he and his team mates have been practicing since basically the end of the last season too.

"I am running track right now," Richard said. "I run the 100m and the 4x100m relay. My personal best 100m is 11.2-seconds.

"We have been practicing football, after the playoffs we took a couple of weeks off, but we have been practicing since November."

All of the practice will pay off if Palmdale can put a playoff curse behind them. "I am ready to get past the one and done curse for Palmdale. I am looking forward to what other teams bring to the table to stop us this year. What are people going to do to stop Palmdale High?

"I want to be more of a vocal leader," Richard said. "As a sophomore and a junior you really don't need to say anything. I have been a captain, but not vocal, I have just led by example.

"Beyond that the grind never stops for me. I am working out and trying to be the best whether it's on the football field or on the track."

Richard is coming off of an official visit and he has a lot of options for other visits in the coming months. All of them are opportunities at this point and he really doesn't have anything set up yet to go anywhere else.

"I went to Arizona State this weekend, Boise State wants me to come to their junior day, I am supposed to go to Oregon in June, Tennessee wants me to come out in June too and Nebraska wants me to come out. I am not sure if I am going to make all of those."

The keys for Richard when it comes to picking out a school will come down to what he can major in first. Richard also wants to get a feel for the team, the coaches and the players.

"I am looking at what I can study there, what is their coaching staff like, their players like, the weather and if I will get homesick. I am not necessarily looking to stay close to home, but I just want to see on these visits if it's like home."

There are five offers on the table for Richard, possibly a sixth from Oregon, but at the moment there are five. A couple of the schools he has ties through former players at his high school, others he's building good personal relationships with the staff and for another school he knows how he could be featured in their offense.

"I have offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, Tennessee, and UCLA. I have ties to Arizona through David Richards, he's like another brother to me, and he keeps me up to date with what is going on there.

"At Arizona State there is another alumni there in Derek Hagan. He keeps me informed. I am starting to build a personal relationship with Tennessee too.

"Nebraska is a great running back university. It doesn't any better than that. They run the ball more than enough times a game.

"UCLA is Pasadena and it's 45 minutes away from my house. My family and friends can come and watch me play."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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