2012 DE getting serious Big 12 attention

2012 DeSoto (Texas) DeSoto High defensive end Michael Richardson has been getting heavy attention from several big-time schools. With over a year and a half until he can sign a letter of intent, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound has already picked up several offers.

A big part of recruiting is being able to identify and recruit talented prospects as early as possible. This can often be a make or break factor in securing a top recruiting class. College coaches haven't been wasting any time in pursuing DeSoto (Texas) DeSoto High defensive end Michael Richardson.

With over a year and a half until he can sign a letter of intent, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound defensive lineman already holds offers from four major Big-12 programs.

"Right now I have offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech," said Richardson.

In addition, other marquee programs like Texas, Tennessee and LSU have also been expressing interest. Richardson was also on hand in Austin a couple of weeks ago and participated in Texas' summer football camp.

"I liked the atmosphere. The coaches were good and the facilities are really nice. The coaches liked my speed and told me I just need to get stronger and put on some weight. They got a good thing going up there in Texas, they're going to have some more good years to come."

The DeSoto defender was also on hand in Knoxville to participate in the Tennessee football camp on June 5.

"I had a good time there. I met a lot of different people, the coaches were real excited about football. I liked their campus too, it was real big."

Richardson is off to a great start by securing multiple major offers this early in the recruiting process. Some people might get complacent after landing several big offers, but it appears to have the opposite effect on him. He plans on continuing to work hard and trying to improve himself even more this summer.

"It feels good to get those offers, but it just makes me want to work harder. I want to get stronger this summer and put on some good weight. I want to be like 225 by the end of the summer."

Richardson plans on traveling to LSU and Houston to participate in their camps in July. He finished his sophomore season with 60 tackles and four sacks.

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