Recruiting: Garland's Richardson pledges to Horns

Versatile Garland athlete <B>Steve Richardson</B>, 5-9, 172, 4.29 committed to Texas Tuesday, bringing the Horns class of '03 up to 10 members.

Although IT has yet to reach Richardson, a couple of his Garland teammates told IT Wednesday that they've talked to the future Horn and confirmed his commitment to UT. RB/S Taurance Rawls said Richardson told him yesterday that he had verballed to Texas and that he "loved it down there." Garland QB DeAndre Jackson said Richardson told him Texas "is where he wanted to be." Jackson also told IT that Richardson said he "felt like he fit in there" and that UT was "right for him."

Rawls said he likes Richardson better on the defensive rather than offensive side of the ball. As a DB, Richardson "goes all out on every play," according to Rawls. Jackson said Richardson "has blazing speed. He ran a 4.29. He's also a great athlete. He plays receiver, free safety, corner and running back for us. He's really good."

As a junior, Richardson had 515 yards rushing from his tailback spot, caught 42 passes for 410 yards with three touchdowns at wide receiver and recorded 65 tackles and picked off two passes as a defensive back.

We'll have more on Richardson's verbal soon.

Notes on Rawls and Jackson: Rawls told IT that UT is his long-time favorite before adding, "I was getting recruited by Texas but I haven't heard from them lately." The 5-9 1/2, 180-pounder with 4.45 speed said he would like to stay in state but that Arkansas and Kansas State are currently showing the most interest and one of the two will be his probable college destination if he isn't able to stay in state. Jackson, a 6-0, 180-pounder with 4.4 speed who is being recruited as a DB, is looking almost exclusively out of state, with West Virginia currently topping a list that also includes Colorado, Arizona, Florida and Arkansas.

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