Bruins in on Elite DL Darryl Richard

The #9-ranked defensive tackle prospect in the country, Louisiana's <B> Darryl Richard</b>, is one of the most sought defensive line recruits in the country, with great academics, and the Bruins are doing well with him...

Destrehan (Louisiana) High defensive tackle Darryl Richard, 6-4, 285, has excelled on the field and in the classroom, and a look at his top schools reveals a good mix of academics and athletics.

"My top schools are Stanford, Notre Dame, UCLA, Colorado, Miami, LSU and Tulane," said the 9th-rated defensive tackle in the nation by

While the Tigers and Green Wave have the in-state advantage, Richard has no qualms about leaving the Bayou. "I would have no problem leaving the state," he said. "I need to go where it is best for me. I am looking forward to taking my trips and seeing what else is out there. I have never been to California before."

Richard already has a visit lined up with Notre Dame on the 18th of October, and a visit to Stanford on the 9th of January, and is in the process of rounding out a few more. "I'll probably take a trip to UCLA, Miami and Colorado too. I've been to LSU and Tulane," said Richard.

The Bruins have only recently gotten into the mix, thanks to the efforts of coach Eric Bieniemy. When asked how Stanford and UCLA got involved with him, Richard didn't hesitate to mention Bieniemy. "Coach Bieniemy is really recruiting me to UCLA. He is a real cool guy."

As a junior, Richard totaled 82 tackles, 12 sacks, 29 tackles for a loss and forced seven fumbles from his defensive tackle spot.

The academic situation of the schools he's considering will play a huge role in his decision. He said, "I have a 4.62 (core) GPA and scored a 29 on my ACT. I want to major in Sports Administration, and academics are very important to me."

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