Terry Richardson, from Corona Centennial High School, is one of the state's best all-around athletes. At 6'1 and 190 pounds, the talented receiver has been known to use his size to out-muscle and out-position opposing defensive backs to make the tough grab in traffic. Running a 4.45 40, Richardson can also flat out fly and to top all that off, he is known for having phenomenal hands. In fact, at the San Diego Nike Camp, everyone came away saying that he had the best hands there. At that camp, Richardson also impressed by having the top vertical leap at 37.3 inches and he also ran a 4.06 shuttle. Richardson put all of these attributes together last year to record 55 receptions for 953 yards and 13 Touchdowns.
In addition to his offensive exploits, the All-CIF receiver is just as impressive on the other side of the ball. Last year, switching between cornerback and safety, he was all over the field. He averaged 7 tackles a game, blocked a punt and two field goals, and he also returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown. In describing his strengths on defense, Richardson explained "Its my vision, I can see. You know, I can sense where it's going to go."
On the recruiting front, colleges from all over called this week, "USC called, Ohio State, Michigan State, Nebraska, and San Jose State." Richardson also noted that he was out a lot too, so there's no doubt he missed a few more. He also explained that Coach Orgeron was the Trojan coach that contacted him. Despite all of this attention, Richardson stated that he has absolutely no list of favorites but is instead wide open on his college decision. He did, however, explain what he is looking for in the college he chooses, "Their tradition and what they have to offer academically." Richardson also said that he intends to take all of his trips before deciding, but has not decided on any of those yet. He did make a trip down to the coliseum this past weekend to watch the Trojans battle San Jose State. His thoughts on that, "I liked it. They [USC] looked stronger than last year."
Richardson is being recruited by most schools as an athlete and he really doesn't care if he ends up on the offensive or defensive side of the ball. You mean he doesn't have any preference? His response to that was "No, just wherever the team needs me." It's that kind of attitude combined with his athletic skills, that will make him an asset to whichever college he signs with. Richardson will be in action this week against Eisenhower.