What A Difference a Week Makes

Shaquille Richardson, the cornerback prospect from Los Alamitos, Calif., is easily one of the hottest recruits in the west at the moment. He talked about how he picked up five scholarship offers in a week, and the timeline for his recruitment...

Los Alamitos (Calif.) cornerback Shaquille Richardson (6-0.5, 175) is making the most of his stellar performance at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles.

Without a scholarship offer before that event, Richardson has picked up five offers in the last week, including two from the Pac-10.

At the beginning of last week, Utah got things rolling, then Northern Arizona, and UNLV followed suit.

On Saturday, Richardson was at the UCLA camp, and his performance earned him his first Pac-10 offer.

"I now have a UCLA scholarship offer," said Richardson. "They offered me Saturday after I had left the camp. I had to leave the camp early because I was flying to Washington, so I called Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and he told me over the phone I had the offer."

Richardson knew going into the camp that a strong performance would go a long way in earning him that offer.

"I had heard through the grapevine that they wanted to see physical play so that's what I showed them," said Richardson.

On Sunday, Richardson landed his second Pac-10 offer when a solid showing at the Washington camp earned him one from the Huskies, even if he wasn't as pleased with his effort.

"As soon as I left campus, I called Coach Sark and he offered me, too," said Richardson. "The camp went okay. I could have done better but all the back-to-back caught up."

With this sudden rush of offers, Richardson still isn't in any rush to decide. "I'm still taking my time," said Richardson. "I plan on deciding by the end of the summer or beginning of my season."

He's planning to camp at the USC Rising Stars Camp, and he's hopeful he'll find similar success. "Yeah, hopefully I'll do what I've been doing and the story will go the same," said Richardson.

Richardson had 29 tackles and two picks as a junior.

Academically, he has a 2.8 GPA and achieved a qualifying score on the 2-part SAT.

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