Richards is Healed and Ready

If you haven't heard of Wil Richards you are not the only one. The Missouri All-State defensive back's recruiting has been slow this summer with an ankle problem. Now injury free, the senior is ready to return to form and show college coaches what he can do. What does he think of TCU? Find out inside of BigPurpleNation.com

If you haven't heard of Lee's Summit West's Wil Richards you are not the only one. The Missouri All-State defensive back's recruiting has been slow this summer with an ankle problem. Now injury free, the senior is ready to return to form and show college coaches what he can do.

A 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete, Richards (300 pound bench, 4.5 forty) currently has an offer from Army and is receiving interest from TCU, Missouri, and Nebraska.

"I think most of the schools are waiting to see what happens this year," stated the senior to BigPurpleNation.com. "I'm changing positions and they want to see me injury free. I'm not the biggest guy also and that always seems to hurt me a bit."

Richards, who is coming off a 65 tackle season, severely rolled his ankle early summer and then re-injured it at the Nebraska camp.

"I think it (the injury) didn't really let me get out there and show what I could do this summer, if I wouldn't of got hurt, I think I would have been a lot more fortunate when it came to recruiting. I think it really slowed down the whole process," said the 2009 recruit.

While Army has been the only school to officially offer, Richards has been trying to visit a few other schools including TCU.

"The facilities were so awesome. The coaching staff was awesome. We just walked around the coaches' office and it was a really good experience. They showed me the championship rings. I really had a good time…. It is definitely a place that I could see myself playing at someday."

After earning All-State honors last season at cornerback, Richards will now move back to strong safety, a position that he played his sophomore season. "I was supposed to play safety last year, but one of our corners had a little trouble so I moved over and was able to get All-State," stated the senior. As a sophomore, Richards recorded 45 tackles and had 6 interceptions. In addition to his move on defense, the senior will also see some time on the offensive side of the ball as a wideout.

Richards is very open to any future position that he will play in college. Most teams at this time are recruiting him as a safety or a Cover One type corner. He reports he could play either in college, or even on the offense side of the ball.

"I really like strong safety. I like to hit people… Actually I love to hit people. I think its what kind of sets me apart. If I have a choice between a pick and hitting someone I'm almost always going to go for the hit."

Last season, Lee's Summit West went 14-0 and won the state tournament. While the offense and defense only return a handful of starters, Richards is confident that the Titans are capable of winning a state title again.

"We will be pretty good again…We have the best coaches in the state and our a lot of our guys that are filling this year could of played on last year's team. Team camps went really well. Our defensive looks awesome. We do a lot of competition with the offenses and we were kicking their butts. It was definitely one of our better camps."

Richards had a 3.6 GPA last year and scored a 27 on his ACT. At this time he has no plans for a certain major in college.

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