Recruiting: Richardson Wants To Enter Early

Linebacker Marcus Richardson of Seguin, Texas, is one of the biggest prizes among linebackers in his home state this recruiting season. As a junior last season he finished with a big number - 145 tackles. He also had 16 tackles for loss and four sacks. While he is looking forward to his senior season with the Matadors, he is also looking forward to getting to college.

"Right now I'm really just doing summer school," Richardson said when asked about his summer. "I'm taking a couple of classes so I can graduate early. I really haven't been to any camps or anything, but next month I'm going to get out to some. I know I'm going to get to Oklahoma State, Florida and Texas A&M. Those are my three favorites right now."

Richardson emphasized those three are out front with the foursome of Colorado, Michigan State, Nebraska and UTEP behind them. Right now he has just a week left in summer school, so his opportunity to take unofficial visits or attend prospect camps is coming up soon. So why does he favor that top three?

"Oklahoma State was the first to offer me on paper," explained Richardson. "Others offered me over the phone, but Oklahoma State was the first school and they seemed more serious about it. Also, every time I talked to their coaches they seemed real cool. I want to go a place where I have a good relationship with the coaches.

"Florida is where I was born and raised before we moved to Texas," continued Richardson. "I always thought about going home. When I lived down there I was more of a Gators fan.

"I got to go to Texas A&M on their junior day and they showed me a lot of love," added Richardson. "We got to walk around and see all the stuff, and it was really good. So that is the one school I have seen the most of."

A 3.0 student, Richardson knows he wants to double major in business management and kinesiology, or perhaps major in one and minor in the other. His workouts are going well this summer as the 6-0, 210-pounder with 4.56 speed is very strong. His bench press max is 390, squat is 570, and his vertical jump is 29.5 inches. Those are numbers as of the end of the spring at Sequin High School.

As for his timetable on a decision. Richardson said he will know more after he gets a chance to again take a look at his three favorites. But with an early graduation he may not take too long before making a commitment.

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