Richards Talks about Official Visit

Southlake Carroll defensive end Jackson Richards was the Red Raiders' first commit for the class of 2010. Richards took his official visit to Texas Tech this past weekend to watch the Red Raiders take on the Aggies. Did the disappointing loss to Texas A&M cause Richards to rethink his decision? has the scoop.

Southlake Carroll defensive end Jackson Richards is one of the most talented linemen in the state, and the Red Raiders were ecstatic when he became the first commitment for the class of 2010. Richards was in town last weekend for the Texas Tech/Texas A&M game, and despite the disappointing loss, says that he loved every minute he spent in Lubbock.

"I had a good time on my visit. It was cool meeting some of the other commits. I hung out with Scotty Young, Fred Harvey, and Beau Carpenter a lot while I was there, so that was cool getting to know them better. I also hung out with some of the players, and that was good too."

Richards has a long history with Lubbock, as both of his parents are Texas Tech alumni, so the game day atmosphere was nothing new. Still, Jackson says that it was exciting being able to come for his official visit.

"The atmosphere at the game was good. I've been to lots of Tech games. I was born at the hospital in Lubbock on a game day, so it's one of those kind of deals where I've been around it my whole life.

"Overall, it was really cool. I had a good time. I don't like driving five hours, but I'm glad I was able to go and take my official visit and all of that."

One of the primary reasons Jackson wanted to visit for the A&M game was to have the chance to get to know some of his fellow commits and future teammates. He explained that they've already begun developing relationships and are excited to play together.

"I didn't really know any of the other commits, but I exchanged numbers with some of them this weekend, so I'm sure we'll stay in touch now."

Back in Carroll, Richards is working hard to ensure that the Dragons bring home a district championship and go deep into the playoffs. Southlake Carroll is currently ranked second is the state in class 5A with a 7-1 record.

"Our season is going really well. We've lost one game so far to Galena Park Northshore, but we're undefeated in district. So hopefully we can take care of business and win ourselves a district championship."

Individually, Jackson says he sees a big improvement in himself from his junior season, although he is staying focused on his team and winning ball games.

"I think I only have six or so sacks, but I have more tackles this year than last year. I'm not too worried about individual stats, though. We're winning overall, which is all that matters. I definitely think I've improved from last year, and I think as a team, everybody's improved."

Due to his outstanding season, have any schools come onto the scene late or is he rethinking his decision to become a Red Raider?

"No, I don't have any second thoughts at all. As far as hearing from other schools, it's pretty much dropped off. I think they've figured out that it's pretty late in the game for anybody else to come in or for me to change my mind."

While his senior season is at the forefront of his mind, Richards says he is also planning for the future and is already getting excited about his move to the South Plains.

"I'm going to be playing in the Under Amour All American game in January, and I'm planning on moving up to Lubbock right after I graduate."

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