Huskers offer another at Seguin

When you want a linebacker now at Nebraska you need a guy that runs sideline to sideline. They still need to be physical, but they have to have a lot of athleticism. This linebacker has it. He was all over the field last year for Seguin and his athleticism is good enough to have some considering him at safety.

The recruiting world hasn't caught up with Marcus Richardson until now, but they should have. The 6-foot-0 and 205 linebacker from Seguin (Texas) has teams coming down to recruit him as a linebacker or a safety. It's the 4.5 speed that would allow him to play both with that size.

"It's going pretty good," Richardson said. "I've got over 150 letters and about 20 colleges have come down to watch me practice. Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Colorado, Texas, Nebraska and some others have been here to see me so far."

Out of all of the mail and all of the schools that have come to see him, Richardson is sitting on three offers. The offers aren't all for the same position either. "I have offers from Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M so far. Texas A&M wants me to play safety. Nebraska and Oklahoma State both want me to play linebacker."

Richardson is an active linebacker with great athleticism. He put up some huge numbers last year. "I had 145 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, four sacks, and 11 quarterback pressures last year. I won honorable mention all-state, all-area, all-city and first team all-district."

So far this spring Richardson has had a chance to get to Texas A&M twice. He was there once for a junior day and once again for the Nike Combine. Richardson wasn't real happy with the 40 time he put up, but he was told a lot of encouraging things about his performance.

"I went junior day at Texas A&M. It was good. I got to meet the coaches and got to walk around and see the field and the facilities. I went to the Nike Combine there too and I was told that I was one of the top linebackers there. I ran a bad 40, like a 4.8 on grass."

So what makes Richardson special at playing linebacker? Some might look at him on paper and say his speed and athleticism. That doesn't hurt. But overall Richardson just feels like he is a natural linebacker. "I have all my reads down. I am good with my first initial steps. I just stay low and get to the ball, fast."

The rest of the spring and summer are a bit up in the air other than him and his team working out. "I have a couple of offers to go to some other camps. We also have a camp at my school. I am going to try and get to Oklahoma State, try to make it to Florida, Nebraska or UCLA too."

Richardson hasn't given a lot of thought to favorites, but he did follow two teams when he was growing up. He has sent tape to both of those schools, but no offers. He does have a list of schools that he likes that are showing him interest and some of them have offered.

"When I was growing up I liked Florida and Miami. I like Duke, UCLA, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M and Colorado. I have an open mind. I am not going to make any decision until next year."

While the decision always includes looking at the team, with Richardson it really takes a backseat to his major and the size of the school and the classrooms. He knows that distance won't be a huge consideration. In fact, he would like to move around a little right now.

"What kind of Business Management program they have. I will look at the student to faculty ratio to see how large the classes are. What kind of environment the college is in. Distance isn't a big thing. I want to get out and move around."

Richardson doesn't know a lot about Nebraska yet, but he and his teammate will get a lot of time between now and their decisions to talk about Nebraska and their offer. "Coach Elmassian is recruiting me and Desmond Jackson. I would go there. It's cold up there in the winter, but I could get used to it."


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