Safety/defensive back Quinton Richardson (6-1, 208, 4.5) from O'Dea High School in Seattle (Wash.) finished his junior season with 53 total tackles, 15 solos, six interceptions and two tackles for loss. Offensively, he had 71 carries for 715 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 9.6 yards per carry.

Quinton Richardson Profile

"I have good vision and agility," Richardson said. "I play running back too and I can read blocks well and get through holes fast. I can recover quickly and get deep to the ball. I step up and make big plays a lot. I'm very physical, but I still want to get stronger and work harder. I'd like to be more of a leader for my team."

Richardson benches 285 pounds, squats 370 and has a 31.5-inch vertical jump.

His only scholarship offer is from Washington, which is also his childhood favorite. "My cousin, Richard Cruise, was the first black basketball player at Washington in 1954 and he was also the school's first black Student Body Vice President," Richardson said. "I also have several other family members that went there. My mom went there too.

"Washington has a great program and have great athletics and academics. It's a really nice environment for football. They are only about 20 minutes away, but that's not a factor. They want me to play DB for them."

Richardson says the Huskies lead solidly over USC (another childhood favorite), California, Ohio State and Oregon. In fact, Richardson says that there is a 60-70% chance that he'll end up committing to Washington. "I'd like to commit before the season. I don't want to get injured and end up losing any offers. If nobody else offers by then, I'll commit to Washington."

Although he's never been on the USC campus, Richardson has been to Los Angeles and really enjoyed it. "I like the California atmosphere," Richardson said. "It has great weather and it's just different from Seattle. I also really like that they are a prestigious program and the coaches are great. They seem to really care about their players and have great team chemistry. I want to play for coaches that teach their players about football, but also about life and how to be better people."

He plans to a team camp at Eastern Washington, as well as camps at Washington and Oregon this summer. "I like that Oregon is competitive every year," Richardson said. "They go to a bowl game every year and I have a friend whose brother goes there and really likes it. It's supposed to be a great place for football."

Richardson reports a 2.8 GPA and will be taking the ACT on June 10.

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