Richardson Now Favors Bruins

Los Alamitos (Calif.) cornerback Shaquille Richardson, one of UCLA's top cornerback targets, will attend the San Diego State game this Saturday, and he says, "I think UCLA is looking really good"...

Shaquille Richardson, the 6-foot, 175-pound three-star cornerback from Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, Calif., has already scheduled three official visits with his first one being on Sept. 19 to Oregon State when the Beavers take on Cincinnati.

"Oregon State was the latest school to offer me," Richardson said. "I love their defense. They play a lot of man-bump and I really like (cornerbacks) coach Keith Heyward. He's very honest and said that I'd probably be able to play early there."

On Oct. 24, Richardson will be heading back up to the northwest to visit Washington when play Oregon.

"I really like the new coaches," he said about the Huskies. "They seem like nice guys and I really like (assistant head coach/defensive coordinator) coach Nick Holt," he said. "He's from USC and he's very passionate about football and has great experience."

So what kind of expectations does Richardson have for the Huskies in '09? "I'm really anxious to see how they look this year," he said. "I'm sure they'll be better than last year."

Richardson's final trip will be to Arizona State on Nov. 28 for their rivalry game against Arizona. "I'm really looking forward to that one," he said. "It's a rivalry game and that should be a lot of fun."

He says that he'll likely schedule at least one more visit before then as well. "I'm close to setting one up with Utah," he said.

"Utah was my first offer and I love how they went undefeated last year," he said. "I really like all the coaches and how straightforward they are with me. They said they like how I play corner and think I could make an impact."

Although it's not an official visit, Richardson will be attending the UCLA game against San Diego State on Sept. 5 He says the Bruins are now his top choice.

"I think UCLA is looking really good," he said. "They've been practicing hard and they'll be very good in the next few years.

"I really like coach Rick Neuheisel," Richardson said. "He's very inspirational and makes you believe in UCLA.

"I also really like my position coach (Carnell Lake)," he said. "He's very smart and I could learn a lot from him. He played in the NFL for like 13 years and knows what he's talking about."

Richardson now favors UCLA slightly over Oregon State and Washington and says those three lead solidly over Utah and Arizona State. "But I haven't been to Utah yet, so we'll see how that goes," he said.

He says he plans on making a decision after his season. "I'll take about three or four visits and hopefully decide after that," he said. "It'll probably be sometime in December.

"I really want to see how these teams do this year," he said. "I want to go to a winning program or a program that is coming up, so it's going to be big to see how they do."

During the summer, Richardson also attended camps at Arizona State, Washington, UCLA and USC.

Los Alamitos High School open their 2009 season on Friday, Sept. 11 against Mayfair High School.

Richardson reports a 2.8 core GPA and a 1000 SAT, which he says he'll retake.

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