Richardson Taking All Five Visits

Paul Richardson, the 6-1, 185-pound receiver from Los Alamitos, who was once committed to UCLA, is now taking his time with his final decision, going on all five of his official visits and a few with his cousin, another top UCLA target...

Gardena (Calif.) Serra receiver Paul Richardson is in no rush to end his recruitment.

"Right now, it's looking like I'm doing all five of my visits, and then I'll decide probably closer to February," said Richardson.

The four-star receiver took his first official visit this past weekend, heading out to Tempe to visit Arizona State.

"It was my first official trip and it went really well," said Richardson. "It was pretty nice out there, a nice campus, nice facilities and nice school. It was my first time out to Arizona State to check it out. Me and my cousin Shaq (Richardson) went out there, and we were hosted by Clint Floyd and Matt Tucker."

Richardson got to spend a great deal of time with the ASU coaching staff.

"I talked to the coaches a lot, a little before the game and after the game, and then today," said Richardson. "I spent time with Coach (Dennis) Erickson for about an hour today and talked with Coach (Eric) Yarber for a while. Coach Yarber is what stands out to me most. He and I have a really good relationship. That's why I'm strongly considering them."

There is also the the opportunity to play early for the Sun Devils. "That's definitely a factor in me checking them out more, me playing my freshman year," said Richardson. "They're playing and talking about a lot of possibilities on the younger recruits."

The Richardson cousins will likely take a few more trips together. "Me and Shaq are going to visit Arizona and UCLA together, we just haven't set them up yet," said Richardson. "Then I'm planning on going to Cal too. Those are just the schools I'm thinking of going to. I'm not sure where I'll take my fifth trip to."

Richardson said when his trips are done he should have a good idea of where he wants to go. After committing to UCLA last fall, he decommitted and wanted to go through the process and find the absolute right fit for him.

"Getting to know the other coaches has been good, because I'm getting to see all of my options," said Richardson. "I've been talking with a lot of people about making my decision before my all-star game (Richardson is playing in the Offense-Defense All-American Game). But I'm just still waiting it out. No coaches are pressuring me."

Richardson said he may take visits in December, even though Serra could be playing as many as three more weekends.

"The campuses we want to see, I can take the trips by flying out Saturday morning," said Richardson.

Richardson said he's not set up any in-home visits with any schools, but imagines those will be set up in December.

In the meantime, Richardson and his 12-0 Serra team will visit St. Joseph's in Santa Maria this weekend in the CIF-SS Semifinals.

On the year, Richardson has 27 catches for 516 yards and six touchdowns.


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