Decision date set

Pahokee, FL wide receive Nu'Keese "Pete" Richardson has developed the reputation as one of the top receiver prospects in the Sunshine State and has the offers to prove it. Richardson has been at the top of South Carolina's receiver board for some time now, and has had the Gamecocks as his leader for nearly a year. Read inside to see how USC stands with Richardson's decision date looming.

The 5'10", 165 pound Richardson recently decided it would be appropriate for him to go ahead and make an early verbal commitment and has set a date of May 30 to announce his college choice. The Pahokee Blue Devils will conclude their spring practice with their annual spring game the day before Richardson makes his big announcement. The explosive speedster does not yet know the time or the format of his ceremony.

Richardson originally wanted to wait it out before making a decision, but he has been contemplating an earlier decision for a while now.

"Basically, my coach picked (the date). But we've been talking about me committing, making an early decision, because of me wanting to enroll in school early," Richardson said. "I wanted to get this out of the way so I can focus on the other stuff I have to take care of."

Richardson has over 20 offers to his credit from programs located all over the map, including Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Southern Cal, Michigan, Florida State, Clemson, West Virginia, Miami, and Tennessee.

Richardson had been on record with South Carolina as a favorite since as far back as last summer, but has decided to back away from having any leader at all right now.

"Right now, I just have a top five and everybody is pretty much equal," he said. "South Carolina, Southern Cal, Florida, Georgia, and Michigan."

The versatile athlete, who will play all over the field for Pahokee this season, broke down what he likes the most about each of the schools in his top five.

South Carolina: "Basically, I've been to South Carolina numerous times; I love everything about it. I met new people and stuff like that. And I'm real, real cool with the coaches."

Southern Cal: "I pretty much don't know much about them. Like I know the coaches and talk to them. Coach Carroll and I talk. Other than that I know all about the great football players they produce year in and year out."

Florida: "They have been recruiting me real hard. The coaches and I are real close, we talk. Also, I have a former teammate there, Janoris Jenkins, so he has been giving me the inside scoop on them."

Michigan: "Me and the coaches are cool. I haven't had the chance to go up there yet, but I also have family up there."

Georgia: "Pretty much Aaron Murray gives me all the inside scoop on them. (We) talk almost everyday and text each other. He talks about Georgia."

Of the five schools in the running for the Pahokee star, Richardson has only visited South Carolina and Florida. He had hoped to visit Georgia and Southern Cal before making his decision, but was unable to fit those trips into his busy schedule. Richardson will, however, be competing in a 7-on-7 passing camp in Southern California in late June and says he plans on going by the school then to check out the Trojans.

The talented playmaker also says he still plans to take his official visits during his senior season.

Even with his decision date set and the clock ticking until he chooses what college he will ultimately sign with, Richardson says he still does not know exactly who the winner for his services will be.

"Everyday I go through it. Me, my brother, and my other family we go through it. My coach helped me line up the stats on every school I'm looking at right now. He helps me go through it and pick each thing out that I like and that I don't like. We're still going through that process."

In the end, Richardson knows what he will be looking for, and what will eventually put one school above all the others.

"Basically, just playing time. I'm looking at their depth chart and the returning starters they have coming back."

Richardson, who runs the forty-yard dash in 4.45-seconds, is a ranked the no. 17 wide receiver in the nation according to Last year while playing multiple positions for Pahokee he hauled in 27 catches for 452 yards and six touchdowns.

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