Dynamic Sunshine State WR names top two

Pahokee High School (Pahokee, FL) standout Nu'Keese Richardson is considered by many to be one of the top wide receiver prospects in America for the Class of 2009. South Carolina was the first major school to offer Richardson last year, but with his recent influx of offers from big-time programs, where do the Gamecocks stand now in the race for his services? Read inside to find out.

At 5'8" and 165 pounds, Richardson may not have the ideal size to play any position on the football field. But that hasn't stopped the dynamic playmaker from putting up great numbers while also snagging the attention of some of the top college football programs in the southeast.

After only signing one true receiver during the 2008 class, South Carolina would like to sign a bigger class at the position this recruiting cycle. The Gamecocks first offered the explosive Richardson last summer, and it's not hard to see why they have made him a priority for this class.

The versatile athlete racked up almost 800 yards of total offense during his junior season while playing quarterback, wide receiver and some running back. Richardson caught 26 passes for 452 yards, while adding another 48 yards on 9 carries. Richardson also threw for 277 yards on 11-15 passing for 4 touchdowns, giving him 11 total on the season. Richardson also plays cornerback, safety and returns kicks and punts for the Blue Devils.

Those numbers, as well as Richardson's incredible speed and ability to make defenders miss, have led to him receiving offers from South Carolina, Florida, FIU, FAU, Miami, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Clemson and FSU.

While Richardson says he currently has a top five of South Carolina, Florida, LSU, USC, and Miami, two schools stand out to him more than the others.

"Right now, I'm pretty high on South Carolina and Florida also," Richardson said. "They're pretty even, right now."

Richardson's relationship with his South Carolina recruiter Robert Gilespie has the Gamecocks in strong position with the rising senior star.

"Last year I went to South Carolina, and I like their coaches. Coach G. and I have a really good relationship already. I like the environment up there and stuff like that," Richardson said. "I just got off the phone with him (Gillespie) tonight. I had called him. He is a great recruiter, and (we) can talk about stuff other than football. I can relate to that."

Richardson also had good things to say about the in-state Florida Gators and Urban Meyer's offense.

"I like their style of offense. It fits the style of the program I'm coming from."

Something else the Gators have going for them is that Richardson's former teammate, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, enrolled at Florida in January.

"He actually was down here this weekend and we chilled. We're good friends. We talked about everything. He told me about Florida. He likes it up there," Richardson said. "He tells me just to take my time, be patient, and don't rush anything."

According to Richardson he also likes what South Carolina does on offense.

"He (Spurrier) actually came from Florida and nothing has really changed with his style of offense. At South Carolina they're coming up, so I'm looking at the playing time."

South Carolina was the first major program to offer Richardson, and he says that means a lot to him.

"Definitely, it did (help them). I was nobody until South Carolina. I went to their camp and showed my talent there and at the other Nike camps, too. South Carolina pretty much gets an edge for that."

Richardson is not sure whether he will commit early or go through the entire recruiting process at this point.

"I might just let it play out, but there's a slight chance I might commit to a school early."

Richardson may not have a timetable for his commitment yet, but he does have some plans already lined up for the coming months.

"Well, over the summer my older brother and I are going to head to USC and LSU and go to a couple of camps out there."

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