Richards Remaining Focused

Southlake Carroll DE Jackson Richards was Texas Tech's first commit for the class of 2010, and he's been rock solid to the Red Raiders ever since. RaiderPower.com caught up with Richards to see how his summer is going and what has been happening on the recruiting front in the past few months.

After his decision to commit to Texas Tech, Southlake Carroll DE [Jackson Richards] began garnering a lot of attention from college scouts and the offers began pouring in. But he says that because he has been so firm about his decision, recruiting is dying down quite a bit.

"I haven't really been hearing too much on the recruiting front. I told my coach to tell any recruiters that come by or call that I'm done. I'm 100% on my decision."

That helps the Red Raider coaching staff rest easy, although they do check in from time to time to see how things are going.

"The Texas Tech coaches call me every now and then. They came by to see me during the spring."

Jackson also has an interest in who his future teammates will be, and he's been pleased with the 2010 class so far.

"I check to see who has committed every now and then. My dad lets me know if anybody new has committed. I know that Tech picked up the quarterback from Denton [Scotty Young], which was really big."

Because recruiting has died down so much, Jackson says he's able to spend more time on improving and getting ready for next season.

"My summer's going really well. I'm training in the morning, and in the afternoons I lift."

With so much focus on preparing for next football season, Richards says he won't be able to visit Lubbock over the summer.

"I wanted to try to visit Lubbock again this summer, but with as busy as I am this summer with workouts and everything, I don't think I'm going to make it down there. It's a 5 1/2 hour drive each way, and on the weekends I just want to relax since I'm working out so much during the week."

Despite not being able to make it to the South Plains this summer, Jackson says he plans to take a visit once the Red Raiders' season gets under way.

"I'd really like to try to get out there more, though. I'm hoping that I'll be able to make it to a couple of games in the fall. Our bi week is the same weekend Tech plays New Mexico, so I'm going to try for that weekend. I'm also hoping that I can go to the game against Baylor that will be played at the new Cowboys' stadium."



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