Recruiting: Speedy Richardson slated for corner

<B>Steve Richardson</B> made a brief stop at the Forty Acres last week. The two hours he spent on campus convinced him that Texas is where he wants to spend the next four or five years. Not that he needed much convincing.

"I've liked Texas for a long time," the Garland senior-to-be told IT Wednesday. "UT is a good football team and I wanted to commit early." He did just that with a Tuesday call to UT recruiting coordinator Hardee McCrary. Richardson also talked to head coach Mack Brown, who told Richardson that he was happy that his newest pledge picked the Horns over the Ags.

Richardson said he considered A&M, Florida, UCLA and OU before choosing Texas. Baylor, Arkansas, UCLA, A&M, West Virginia and Oklahoma also offered, according to the 5-9, 170-pounder.

"I think (the Longhorn coaches) are good coaches," Richardson said. "They talked to me more than other coaches and I think I fit in down there."

On his unofficial visit to Austin, Richardson said he talked to McCrary, the UT coach that recruited him, and Duane Akina, his future position coach, and he also ran into Cory Redding. "Cory told me it is good to play football (at Texas)," Richardson said. "He said I would fit in with the family."

Richardson, who plays RB, WR and DB for Garland, said the Horns plan to play him at corner. He said he doesn't favor playing on one side of the ball over the other. "Speed" was his immediate answer when asked the reason the Texas coaches made a scholarship offer a couple of weeks ago. Richardson said other factors are that he "stays focused" both on and off the field and that he "gives 100-percent every play" and continually works to "get better and better."

Richardson said to get better, he is spending the summer in the weight room and on the track. His best 40 time came at Garland High when he turned in a 4.29 and he said he consistently runs in the 4.3s. Club members click here for more on Richardson.

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