USFNation Class of 07 Q&A: Patrick Richardson

In todays exclusive USF Class of '07 interview, find out about one of the Bulls sleepers of the class, Patrick Richardson from Woodham HS. Read on to find out about the All-State receiver from Pensacola, what type of a player he is, and more. Only on! Get it First, Get it Fast!

Patrick Richardson Profile Why did you choose USF?
Richardson: The main reasons I chose them were I wanted to stay in state, and go where I felt comfortable. When I went to a USF camp over the summer, that's when I first found out that they were interested in me. I felt very comfortable with the people and the players down there, and really felt good about the coaches, and really liked the whole area down there. I could see myself staying there and being happy, and that's what was most important to me, that, academics, and location.

USFN: What are some of the things that you like about USF?
Richardson: The players there, I felt I really could connect with them, and that's important to be able to do that, we're going to spend a lot of time together. Also, the area there, it's different from Pensacola, It's similar but like a bigger version. Its simple and easier to get around the campus, seeing where they train everything is like brand new, top quality, everything, weights, and lockers. Seeing the stadium, that's something else, They first took us into a lounge where we watched a highlight reel, and then went through the tunnel where the team goes through and then walked onto the field, it's hard to describe the feeling, I never been to Raymond James before.

USFN: Have you been following the Bulls this season?
Richardson:  Yeah, every time they were on TV, I saw the Bowl Game, The West Virginia Game, Cincinnati, and Kansas

USFN: How long have the Bulls been recruiting you, and who were involved?
Richardson:  They started recruiting me during my junior year. The main person that recruited me was coach Gregory the new offensive coordinator. During the summer I talked to coach Dawsey, and Coach Leavitt. I just talked to the new receivers coach Canales last week, he said he was going to come up here and visit me. 

USFN: Which coach made the biggest impression on you during your recruitment?
Richardson:  Coach Gregory, he one who made the biggest impression on me, he would always call me and keep in touch, and come visit me. Right behind him was head coach Jim Leavitt and his energy level. He would get you excited about playing football. No matter what position you play. 

USFN: Do you know any of the current players on the Bulls?
Richardson: I know George Selvie he's from right down the street. Also LeBrandon Glover is from Pensacola High School. I also know a couple of the guys that are going to go there, Terrell McClain, he's a big boy. I know him from playing football up here.

USFN: What position are the Bulls recruiting you for, and do you play any other positions?
Richardson: They're recruiting me for wide receiver, and I also do punt return

USFN: Are you flexible, and willing to play at a position of need and excel at it?
Richardson: Yeah, wherever they need me I'll play. 

USFN: What was it like going though three different quarterbacks this past season?
Richardson: Yeah, we had one, who started the season for like three games, but then we switched to a senior, but he was a DB that they were trying to make into a quarterback. Then our third one was a 14-year-old freshman. It took some getting used to.

USFN: What type of an offense do you like to run the most?
Richardson: Me personally coming from the receiver perspective, I like the spread offense. It's open, it's like run and gun. It's real fast paced. It's an exciting offense. You throw the ball a lot in that offense and as a receiver that's my favorite. 

USFN: What type of defense do you like to see when you get to the line?
Richardson: If I had to say a favorite, I'd have to say press coverage. I feel like if somebody is in my face one on one, then nobody can just stop me. They think they can but to me, if you can beat them off the line, then you got them. If you can make a move and then get around them, then you're in control after that. 

USFN: Do have a favorite play that you like to run?
Richardson: I kind of have two, I like the deep ball, and if it's a long ball then I like the deep post route. If it's a short play then I like the zero hitch play, that's what we call it in our school. It's a three-step comeback. I like that because it gives me a chance to get the ball quick and make a move on somebody. I like the deep post because I can make a move and create some space. 

USFN: What are some of your strengths as a player? 
Richardson: My strengths are my route running my hands, and my speed. My route running is something we are really taught by our coach at our school.  He teaches us to be discipline at everything we do. My speed its deceptive, because I take such long strides that it's doesn't look like I'm going as fast as someone with smaller legs moving faster, but I am.

USFN: Is there anything you want to work on? 
Richardson: As a receiver I want to work on my strength, and my size, get my body ready. The conditioning difference from high school to college is big, they bigger, and have been doing those college workouts, and I want to prepare myself for it. 

USFN: What style of a player would you say you are?
Richardson: I don't know, a lot of people in this area say I look like Randy Moss but I don't know what style that is. I got long strides and most people can't catch me, I run a good 40, but I don't know if I have a style yet. I'm still figuring my game out. When I first started playing I knew I could run a catch, but as a freshman, our school had a rule that freshmen couldn't play varsity. Then as a sophomore our school would run three downs and then punt. In my junior year we got a new coach and he opened things up and started running the spread offense. So I'm still learning the position, and whatever the coaches want me to be I will.

USFN: What is your favorite thing to do on the field?
Richardson: I like to get the ball and make something happen, If your a play maker every time I get on the field, or get the ball I feel like I can make something happen. That might not be true, but that's just how I feel. When I get the ball, and am able to make a play, then I'm excited, and my teammates are excited, and the team starts to roll, I like that feeling like I'm in control. 

USFN: Is there a player on another level, college or pro that you model your game after?
Richardson: Calvin Johnson, everything about him, everything you want in a receiver, he has. He's big, strong, and fast. He's a lot like me, he really is. He's has such a long strong running style. 

USFN: What are your current height, weight and 40 yard time?
Richardson: I'm 6'0-6'1, and weigh around 170 pounds right now, I been running track, and lost a few pounds. I want to get up to 185. I run a 4.44.

USFN: Do you play any other sports?
Richardson: I run track, all the jumps, high jump (6'4) and long jump (19.7, but I just started that), steeple jump. I run the 4x100, and the 200. I ran hurdles last year but won't run it this year, also I won't compete in high jump until we get to the playoffs so I can rest my back a little, I tweaked it. But should be fine. I also play basketball and lettered all four years. 

USFN: What are you going to do to stay in shape before you get to Campus?
Richardson: Keep running track, that's why I run track to stay in shape. I'm going to continue working out and getting stronger. That way I can come in and compete as soon as I get there. I know the other players there, they're much stronger then I am, they been working at the college level. 

USFN: Do they have any problems redshirting? 
Richardson: No not all, I have no problem with that, its' another year of experience, another year to get more knowledge, get wiser, stronger, and faster. As a player I want to get in there and compete, but have no problem with it. When I started playing basketball as a freshman it was a learning experience, but its nothing I can't handle.  

USFN: Do you enjoy playing special teams, and do you return kicks? 
Richardson: I was nervous the first time they put me back there, but then after awhile I got used to it and like it now.  Anytime I touch the ball I enjoy it.

USFN: What do they plan to accomplish while here at USF?
Richardson: Hopefully to becoming a much better football player, and to understand the game more, and get better. Not many people get to go to college and play football, a game you love to play, and go to school for free. I want to make the best out of it, and get my education.  I'm the first in my family to go off to school at such a young age and do something like this. I want to make my family and myself proud, and get my education. 

USFN: What three things come to your head when I say USF?
Richardson: Football number one, the area and the city of Tampa, and the Buccaneers, you got a pro team right there, its amazing to me, watching the TV and knowing that next year I'm going to be at that level, its wild. 

USFN: What team are they most looking forward to playing against in the next 4 years?
Richardson:  In the Big East, I'm looking to playing West Virginia and Louisville, they both been consistently good, also I wan to go play in the cold. And next year they got Auburn and they're a teammate I used to play with Tyrone Green goes there. That should be fun, because we talk when he comes home.

USFN: How are your grades, how are you toward qualifying.
Richardson:  They real good, I got a 3.85 GPA, weighted something like 4.05 and have been qualified since my junior year.

USFN: Are you excited to get to campus?
Richardson:  Oh yeah I'm looking forward to it, it's going to be something.


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