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Jackson Richards committed to Texas Tech Wednesday night and is thrilled to be the first Red Raider of 2010. As a sophomore at Southlake Carroll, Richards helped lead the Dragons to a district championship and a berth in the regional playoffs. In 2007, Jackson was one of the best players on team and looks as though he'll be one of the top defensive ends in the state by the time he's a senior.

Jackson Richards committed to Texas Tech Wednesday night and is thrilled to be the first Red Raider of 2010. As a sophomore at Southlake Carroll, Richards helped lead the Dragons to a district championship and a berth in the regional playoffs. One of only seven sophomores on the roster, Jackson was one of the best players on team and looks as though he'll be one of the top defensive ends in the state by the time he's a senior.

So what was it about Texas Tech that made Richards decide to pull the trigger so early? "I've always loved Tech. My parents went there, and my grandparents live in Lubbock. I also have family in Idalou, so it didn't take long for me to decide to commit after they offered," he explained.

"I visited last week, and then Coach McNeill talked to me and said that they wanted to extend an offer. On Wednesday night I let the coaches know that I wanted to commit to Texas Tech."

Richards, who weighs in at 240 pounds and is 6'4" tall, obviously has the frame to be a star in college. And with his solid work ethic and positive attitude, Red Raider fans will be ecstatic with his commitment.

As for his projected position at the collegiate level, Jackson says that he will most likely stay at defensive end. "I play defensive end [at Southlake Carroll] and the coaches at Tech haven't talked to me about playing any other positions, so I'm pretty sure that's the position they're recruiting me for."

Jackson has been playing football since he was young, and he likes playing as a defensive end because, "I like going against tight ends. That's my favorite thing to do, and I've been doing it since playing in pee wee."

As for his strengths, Richards explained, "I've been working hard on my pass rushing, trying to get bigger and stronger, so I'm hoping that will be my big strength next season.

"My favorite thing about football is just that I like having fun and going crazy out there. Next year, I'm really going to try to go crazy and play hard."

With two years still left in high school, Richards is working hard to continue the legacy that has been a trademark of Southlake Carroll in the past. "Our goals are always the same at Southlake Carroll. Our first goal is to win district, then it's to still be practicing on Thanksgiving and to go to state. We've been working our hardest this offseason and have made a lot of progress."


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