Louisiana CB drawing interest

With SMU on the road at Tulane this weekend, the Mustangs staff was on the recruiting trail today in Louisiana and a new offer could be in the works soon for a speedy senior from the Baton Rouge area. Read further to get the details.

There's fast players and then there's James Richardson. He's on another level from most speedsters, having run a 4.34 in the 40-yard dash at the Under Armour Combine last summer in New Orleans.

What makes Richardson most unique - what jumps out on film - is that the senior from Central High School (just northeast of Baton Rouge) does more than use his blistering speed. He also levels the boom with a big hit.

Today, SMU assistant coach Jeff Reinebold paid a visit to Central to get inquire about Richardson.

"I have offers from Arkansas State and McNeese State," said Richardson, "and I'm hearing from SMU. They're saying that I can play wide receiver or corner there, and they want me to come check out the school on a visit. Their recruiter says that they have a big need for another corner.

"I haven't talked to them about any details with a visit, but I'm definitely interested. I'm not going to lie - my favorite school is Michigan. I'm going on a visit to Michigan after the season. They've told me that they want to offer me, but that they want me to check the campus out first."

Just how fast is Richardson?

"I ran a 4.34 at the Under Armour Combine (the fastest time among all participants) and I didn't expect to run that fast. Since then, though, I've been running that same time."

Richardson and Central are 6-3 on the season after a narrow loss (24-21) to Capitol last night. The Wildcats, with their shutdown corner placing a stranglehold on one side of the field, are a defensive-minded squad, allowing less than 10 points per game (84 total).

In the second week of the season, Central held undefeated St. Paul's and SMU commit Jermaine Sams to 19 points in a four-point loss to the Wolves. Since that game, St. Paul's hasn't scored fewer than 38 points.

"I have four picks, 300-400 yards in kick returns, and 200 yards in punt returns," said Richardson. "I also have 56 tackles."

The senior has tacked on 100 additional return yards following his interceptions. In addition, he's rushed for a handful of touchdowns and had an 86-yard punt return vs. Denham Springs.

"I'm just an all-around player who will do whatever you need me to do," Richardson said.

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