David Richard, 6-1, 228, St. Louis (Missouri) Hazelwood East, tripped to Michigan State last weekend, and has two more trips confirmed – to Tennessee and Nebraska.
We spoke to Richard before his trip to Michigan State, so his comments were pre-Michigan State trip.
Richard said he has played mostly running back this season, rushing for 900 yards on what he said is a pass-oriented team. He's gained about 300 reception yards, too. He said, though, that his stats are limited because his team is 9-0 (last week) and dominating, and he's been taken out of every game in the third quarter. While many colleges like him as a linebacker, Richard said he definitely wants a shot at running back.
When it comes to which colleges he has at the top of his list, he said three stand out. "Michigan State is probably my leader. But Michigan State, Tenneseee and Nebraska, those three are my top schools. UCLA would probably be in the top four."
Richard will visit Nebraska Dec. 8th, and Tennessee December 14th. He had planned to visit UCLA December 8th but now will visit Nebraska that weekend. He said he definitely still intends to visit UCLA, but more than likely in January. He said he's also considering an official visit to Notre Dame. The issue, though, is that Richard said he'd like to commit in early January, before he plays in the national all-star game "to get it out of the way by then."
The most important factor to Richard in deciding on a college is graduation rate. "I want to get a college degree. I want to major in busines and want a good business progam. I also want a great environment, a good football program, a good tradition, and a team that likes to run the ball."
Richard also said that it's key if the school wants him as a running back. "I really want to play running back. T.J. Duckett will probably be going pro next year and I'd have a chance to be able go to Michigan State and compete for playing time at running back there."
Richard said so much will depend on his trips. His father has been the main collector of information on the colleges, but Richard wants to go on his official visits and gain some information first hand. "I want to talk to the players and see if they like the program. I want to talk to, like, a third-string running back, see how he likes the program. So getting input from players and the people around the environment is what I want to do."
Richard has a 3.0 GPA and scored a 19 ACT score.