2010 Receiver Commits to UCLA

UCLA received its first commitment from the 2010 class when Paul Richardson, the 6-1, 175-pound wide receiver prospect from Los Alamitos (Calif.) High, who is considered one of the best at his position in the west, verbally committed to the Bruins today...

Los Alamitos (Calif.) receiver Paul Richardson (6-2, 170) grew up watching UCLA football, his dad having played for the Bruins from 1987-1990.

When UCLA offered him last month, the elite 2010 receiver had the opportunity to follow in his father's footsteps.

On Wednesday, Richardson took the next step in making that happen.

"I called up Coach (Reggie) Moore and then I talked to Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and I committed to UCLA today," said Richardson. "They were both really excited and said they can't wait for me to get up there."

It will still be awhile till Richardson shows up on the UCLA campus, as he wont even sign his NLI for 15 more months. But it was a long time coming.

"I basically made up my mind a while ago," said Richardson. "I was going to wait and go through the process, but I made up my mind and wanted to be a Bruin and I wanted to stay close to home."

Richardson said his father was thrilled to hear that he would be wearing the same colors that he did in college.

"Of course he was excited because he's a Bruin by blood," said Richardson. "Coach Neuheisel coached my dad and Coach Moore was one of his teammates. I know him real well and we'll be real comfortable. I wanted to be coached by them."

While he still has plenty of time until he gets to UCLA, Richardson is happy to get his commitment out of the way.

"Getting bigger, stronger and faster and getting ready for the next level is my goal and I have a whole other year to do it," said Richardson. "My dad wore #87 but I want to wear #3 when I get there. And it's perfect timing because Kevin Craft will have graduated and #3 will be available. I did my research."

Richardson is familiar with a few current Bruins, having played against and with a few in high school.

"When I get there, Nick Crissman is already there and I know Nick and I know Andrew Abbott," said Richardson. "And one of my o-lineman Austin Hill is a freshman there."

With his decision behind him, Richardson can focus on the CIF-SS Pac-5 playoffs, which they kick off on Friday in one of the more intriguing matchups in the state.

Los Alamitos will face Tesoro, whose coach is Brian Barnes, the son of Los Alamitos head coach John Barnes.

"It's Coach Barnes vs. Coach Barnes and it's a real big deal, father vs. son," said Richardson. "Coach (John) Barnes keeps telling us it's for the kids and win it for the kids, but we're trying to win it for him. We were league champs this year and we've got quite a bit to smile about. Last year, we finished up the league hopeful for the playoffs and were bitter we didn't make it. This year, we hope to show we deserved the playoffs."

Through ten games, Richardson has 40 catches for 705 yards and a team leading 13 touchdown receptions.


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