Stock continuing to rise for Richard

Palmdale (Calif.) running back Demario Richard discusses impending Oregon sanctions, a visit and the latest on his recruitment.

5-foot-10, 200-pound running back Demario Richard is receiving plenty of attention as the recruiting cycle rolls on through the spring. According to the talented junior, several schools such have been increasing their efforts in recruiting him including, Washington, Arizona State, UCLA, Utah, Nebraska, Oregon, USC and West Virginia.

"I love it," Richard said. "It makes it an even harder decision to make when the time comes. Right now, I'm just enjoying my recruitment. I'll take my (official) visits in the fall during the season and then hurry up and get this process over with."

Richard will be staying busy through the end of the month, stating that he will camp at Arizona State on Friday and then visit Washington and likely Oregon next week. He will also be participating in the B2G Elite Camp in Los Angeles and starts summer ball with Palmdale on June 24.

"I can't wait," Richard said.

Richard received his Oregon offer back in early April and has been receiving contact through letters and Facebook from running backs coach Gary Campbell and head coach Mark Helfrich.

The increasing contact has Richard excited, but with sanctions forthcoming for the Ducks football program due to illegal recruiting practices, he is waiting to see how severe the punishment will be before moving forward.

"The only thing that's wrong with Oregon is that we don't know what's going to happen with the illegal recruiting," Richard said. "I'm trying to see what their sanctions are going to be and stuff like that. That's why Oregon hasn't really moved up or down with me."

Still, Richard isn't ruling Oregon out. If the punishment is not too severe, it's likely that Richard could move them farther up his list, especially if his visit goes well.

"I have to take that visit first," Richard said. "They'd probably be top 10 or top five."

With his impending visit, Richard said he isn't quite sure what to expect, but knows that he will be working out.

"I'm prepared for everything," Richard said. "I'm going to work out for them and show them what I can do a little bit."

At this moment, Richard plans on taking official visits to Tennessee and West Virginia and is waiting to decide who will fill the final spots. He stated last month that he plans to announce his decision on his birthday, Dec. 2. He rushed for 1,722 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior.

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