Holding Nebraska offer

Nebraska is looking at taking a couple of wide receivers this year and it seems that Nebraska is looking at some players that do something with the ball after the catch. The Nebraska staff has been targeting big play threat receivers and has offered one in California. Nebraska has to make up some ground with him, but there is time to do that.

6-foot-1 and 175-pound Paul Richardson is gearing up for a big game this weekend. The wide receiver from Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra says it will be their offense that will be tested.

"I am leaving football practice right now," Richardson said. "Everything is alright. We are 2-0. We have a big game on Friday. It's one of the games of the week.

"We all got interviewed yesterday for the game. We play Carson. It's our offense against their defense. It should be a really good game. That is going to be a battle."

Richardson says that he and the other receivers at Junipero Serra thrive on a challenge. He wants the test as a measuring stick to see where and he and his team really are.

"I think that it's a good deal because we get to show off how good our receivers are. It's going to be a test and people will see if we are over rated or that good."

Some might view it as pressure to need to perform well. Richardson doesn't see it that way. He views it as an opportunity to demonstrate what he can do.

"It's not really pressure, because it's fun. We have been living up to our end and we are doing what we are supposed to do. It's not pressure, it's our job."

Richardson wasn't sure what the offer total was for him, but he is talking to a couple of schools about visiting. One seems to be very close to being set up and the other is still being discussed.

"I am not sure how many offers I have. It's the same that I have had for a while with Oregon being a new one. I have been talking to Arizona State and Colorado about visiting.

"I have kind of narrowed down a date that will work for me to visit Arizona State and I am still working that out with Colorado. I don't know when that one will be."

Other than Arizona State and Colorado, Richardson isn't sure what other schools he will potentially visit. Outside of those two there isn't a lot of visit talk taking place.

"I haven't decided on that yet. I haven't talked to any other coaches about taking any other visits right now. I would like to visit Florida possibly."

When Richardson goes on his trips he is looking for a few key things. The people at the school are definitely important as are the academics. However, he is also looking for a favorable depth chart.

"I am looking for great academics, a great position coach, a coach that is really hands on and that I will like to work with. I am looking for a family and a great environment to play football and go to school.

"Early playing time is a factor, definitely. I don't want to red shirt. I want to play. Staying close to home isn't a big deal with me right now in the process."

Richardson is holding an offer from Nebraska, but can't really put them in the picture yet for him. There hasn't been a lot of contact, but he expects that will change and would be open to a Nebraska visit.

"I really haven't had a lot of contact with Nebraska to really put them in the picture. They haven't contacted me a lot, but since the schools can start calling now I can start building that relationship.

"I would be interested in taking a visit out to see Nebraska, definitely. I know that they have a great quarterback and that is the type of situation that I would like to be in.

"I know that they have a really good offense this year, but I haven't seen them on T.V. this year yet. I might be able to see them against Virginia Tech this weekend."

As a 2008 junior at Los Alamitos (Calif.), Richardson had 47 catches for 873 yards and 15 touchdowns. Richardson's father, Paul Richardson Sr., played for UCLA.

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