With top prospects set to arrive in Lincoln later this month, talent from states from coast-to-coast will be on hand. For Kevonte Richardson (6-2/190) out of Millwood high school in Oklahoma City (OK), it will be his first trip to the state of Nebraska.
"Yeah, I set that visit up with coach Cotton about two weeks ago. My mom and dad will be coming with me. I'll be there for the camp on June 11th, and then we'll come back on the 12th. I don't know much about the school yet, so getting up there for the camp will give me an idea of what the campus is like.
"I'm ready to see it, coach Cotton has told me how nice it is."
Kevonte, who plays all over the field in high school, says most college programs see him as an athlete who could also play a multitude of positions on the D-1 level.
"Some schools are looking at me as a wide receiver, some say safety, and some are saying just come in as an athlete. It's just really different from school to school, some say on thing some say another. Some have even asked me where do I want to play."
Has Nebraska mentioned where they see you lining up?
"I really don't know yet, when I get up there for the camp I'm hoping to hear what they think about that. I'll probably work out at both wide receiver and DB while I'm there."
Let me ask you this, do you have a favorite position?
"Not really, I play everywhere in high school. I play quarterback and sometimes I move out to wide receiver, and catch a couple footballs when needed.
"I also play strong safety on defense, and to me that's fun too, I really do like to come up and hit people.
"So it really doesn't matter to me where I play. And that's what I've been telling all these coaches. Wherever they put me, I'll be happy to play. I just what to play, I won't get caught up in a certain position."
Who has offered you to this point? And anybody else getting close?
"Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, Utah State, UNLV, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech and Kansas are the offers I have now. Texas A&M sounds like they could be close, Oregon State too. Both have been sending me mail a lot, I don't really know, but they could be close."
One school absent from his list is Nebraska, but Kevonte says he's hoping to change all that with a solid performance at camp in front of the Husker coaches later this month.
"Really, I want to come up there and prove to these coaches I am capable of playing this game, and at a high level. I'm willing to play wherever they put me at, with no questions asked. Put me in as punt returner, kick returner, quarterback, wide receiver, safety, whatever, I don't care. We'll see what happens."
And if they do offer?
"Let me tell you this, if I come up there and get the offer, I will put them right at the top with my other top schools. I wouldn't mind going to a school like Nebraska, they have a lot to offer. They are one of the big-time colleges out there."
Could you elaborate on which of the other programs are already high on your list?
"I would say a couple of the schools that have offered are leading. First I would put Missouri, then I would say Kansas, after them I would put Arizona. I really like what I've heard from the coaches at those three schools."
You sound like you could be close to a commitment.
"I've been thinking about it, and I'd like to do it pretty soon. I feel like I'm getting close to committing, but I'm just not ready yet. One day I think I am, the next day I say no. It won't be long, I know that."
Kevonte then talked about a few things he'll be looking for when he does decide to pull the trigger.
"Good facilities and good academics are probably the top things, and of course a good coaching staff. Also, could I adjust to the campus life, just things like that. It would be nice to be in like a 500 mile range from home too, my parents don't really want to take a plane to come see me play. My mom basically said try to find something under a 10 hour drive."
Kevonte will participate in football, track and basketball his
senior year. His events in track being the 4x1, and the 200 meter, where
he reports a personal best time of 23.0. As a QB in 2009, he passed for
over 2,000 yards along with 23 touchdowns.
Big Red Report will continue to monitor the recruitment of Kevonte Richardson, and bring you any details that pertain to him and a possible Nebraska offer.