RECRUITING: Georgia athlete hopes to check out OU

Leesburg, Ga. athlete D'Vontrey Richardson talks about his game and interest in Oklahoma. Could an unofficial trip to Norman be in the works?


D'Vontrey Richardson, who has to have one of the best names in prep football, is one of the best pure athletes in the South. Blessed with great size and speed for a skill athlete who plays quarterback on the prep level, Richardson is being recruited to play number of skill positions by different skills.

"A number of teams are recruiting me as a quarterback, and that is where I want to play," said Richardson. "At quarterback, I will always have the ball in my hand, and that is what I want. Some are recruiting me at receiver, some at corner and some at free safety. I will play on defense if that is where the coaching staff I sign with wants me to play, but I would rather play on the offensive side of the ball."

Richardson, who has been the starter at QB since his freshman year, threw for 1,738 yards and 14 TDs against five interceptions last season. Richardson also finished with 849 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns including sacks, but without sacks he finished with 1,038 yards.

"We run a shotgun offense," said Richardson. "We spread the field and put in five wide receivers at times, but most of the time we have three (receivers) out. When we do spread the field that leaves the middle open and I run a lot of quarterback draws and quarterback traps."

Richardson can bench 275 pounds, squats 475 and has posted a 34-inch jump. For the baseball team, Richardson also starts in centerfield, pitches and leads the team in hitting .419 with seven home runs.

"I want to play both football and baseball in college," said Richardson. "I have been named to the Team Georgia baseball squad that is going to play in the Sunbelt games in Oklahoma. I am looking forward to that."

Richardson attended the Troy State seven-on-seven camp last summer and he went to recent combine at Florida State. Once he returns from the Sunbelt Games this summer, he is going the Clemson one-day camp and the Florida State team camp. Richardson hopes to see the University of Oklahoma while in Oklahoma for the Sunbelt Games.

Richardson has been offered by Troy State, Louisville, Clemson, Georgia, Wake Forrest, Oregon, LSU, Alabama, Alabama-Birmingham, Southern Miss and Marshall.

"I like everybody the same right now," said Richardson. "I haven't had a lot of time to think things through because I have been playing baseball. Every time I get an offer I get happy. I do admit that I like the Clemson offense because they do the same thing that we do in high school."

What are his thoughts on Oklahoma?

"They are a great school and they are high on my list, but I am still waiting to see if they are going to offer," said Richardson. "I am getting mail from them, but I will just have to wait and see if they like me enough to offer me and what position they are recruiting me for."

Richardson has qualified.

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