UCLA is First Offer For Richardson

The Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany defensive back, Jerico Richardson got his first offer this week, on the first day that official offers could go out...

Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany defensive back Jerico Richardson was ready to prove something his senior year, as he went offerless through the evaluation period and into the summer.

But on the first day that official offers were able to go out, a letter came to Richardson that eased some of that stress.

"My coach said a letter from UCLA came, officially offering me a scholarship," said Richardson. "It feels good because I worked hard. I wasn't angry I hadn't gotten any offers but I was just more motivated. It surprised me. I thought I may have to wait until the season starts."

Instead, he'll start fall practice with the relief of the first offer in.

"It's not going to make me any less motivated," said Richardson. "I want to prove how good I am. UCLA saw me at their camp and liked what they say and I appreciate that. It means a lot."

Richardson said that after the UCLA Camp, the coaches told him they'd be in touch.

"I talked with Coach (Clark) Lea and Coach (Mike) Johnson a lot and they said to just be patient," said Richardson. "Then the letter came from Coach (Rick) Neuheisel. It was a big relief. They offered me as a safety."

Richardson said that UCLA is his top school, and was so even before they offered. But he's not ready to end his recruitment.

"I'm hearing from Colorado, Hawaii, Washington, Washington State and San Jose State too and they all said they want to watch my senior year start too," said Richardson. "So I'm going to wait and see what all of my options are."

In the meantime, Richardson is looking forward to getting his season going and visiting UCLA for their fall practice.

"We start on August 8th and I'm hoping to go see a UCLA practice," said Richardson.

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