Richardson Talks Latest Offer

The past month has been very good to Marlton, N.J., native Demetrius Richardson as he picked up five written scholarship offers after a grueling summer of camp stops. One of those offers was from Connecticut, however there is something very different about the Husky offer then the other four.

Demetrius Richardson, a 6-foot-2, 213-pound quarterback from Cherokee High School spent his summer camping at roughly ten schools and has worked hard for every offer that just came his way over the past several weeks. Connecticut is one of the programs that Richardson has held in high regard since the beginning of the recruiting cycle and when an offer from the Huskies finally came in the mail over a week ago, the athlete was obviously very excited.

"I was thrilled when I got the offer in the mail from Connecticut as it was one I had been hoping would come for a while," Richardson said. "I actually picked up four other offers last month from Villanova, Howard, Delaware State and Eastern Kentucky to play quarterback, but this was my first Division I-A offer, so I was very excited about that. Connecticut says they like me as an athlete and told me I could play wide receiver or tight end, but that I would most likely end up being a linebacker there. I really have my heart set on playing quarterback, but I guess I wouldn't mind playing linebacker if that is where coaches see my future being at the next level. It is something I will really have to think about as I don't put as much stock into the I-A versus I-AA battle as others do."

"There is definitely a lot to like about Connecticut," Richardson stated. "First of all, I get along really well with Coach (Matt Cersosimo) and one of the things both my mother and I really like and respect about him is that he talks a lot about education and my future as opposed to just football. Connecticut is a great school, they play in the Big East and were one of the first programs to recruit me which shows a lot. It would also be really cool to play against Rutgers every year as they are a rival. It's very peaceful up at Storrs as you don't have the hustle and bustle of the big city and there are also top of the line facilities."

Richardson definitely is not going to rush into any decisions and is relieved to have gotten this many offers before his senior season. He talked a bit about when he may announce his decision.

"It is really going to be a tough choice to make, so I am going to discuss it with my parents and the rest of my family and really pray on it," Richardson explained. "I plan to definitely wait until after the season to decide. One thing about Connecticut that is a bit intriguing is that I could go there and really have a chance to be a part of building something which would be special. You look at Rutgers a few years ago and their program was not what it is now, but after a few years they have built it up into something more and I feel like Connecticut could be on that same path, so if I were to go there I could be one of the people who helped to mold and shape the future of that program."

As a junior, Richardson completed 62 of 160 passes for 1220 yards and 11 touchdowns. He added over 600 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground and is described as a dual-threat quarterback. For his efforts, Richardson was selected second team All-South Jersey and third team All-Group 4.

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