Dace Richardson gives recruiting update

Illinois (Wheaton HS) OL Dace Richardson (6-6, 300, 5.0) favors Iowa (camp), Tennessee (visited), USC (childhood fave), Nebraska, Wisconsin (visited), Michigan (visited), Michigan State (visited), LSU, Illinois and Notre Dame (visited). He's holding fast and continues to deny a leader…but the Hawkeyes, Vols, Trojans. Huskers and Badgers were the first five schools he mentioned.

Illinois (Wheaton HS) OL Dace Richardson (6-6, 300, 5.0) favors Iowa (camp), Tennessee (visited), USC (childhood fave), Nebraska, Wisconsin (visited), Michigan (visited), Michigan State (visited), LSU, Illinois and Notre Dame (visited). He's holding fast and continues to deny a leader…but the Hawkeyes, Vols, Trojans. Huskers and Badgers were the first five schools he mentioned. All have offered as well as Penn State, Maryland, Kentucky, Miami, UCLA, Arizona, Oklahoma, Kansas and Boston College.

"I like the coaches and players at Iowa, especially coach (Chris) Doyle (strength and conditioning). I also like where they're going," says Richardson. "They've been in the top 10 for the past three years. I like coach (Kirk) Ferentz and what he does with his players. Iowa City has great fans and I like how its right off the river--it's a beautiful place down there.

"Tennessee has some great coaches. I went there a month ago for a visit and got to meet some of the established players and the ones that were coming in. They were all pretty nice guys. Knoxville is a beautiful area and I liked the campus a lot. The stadium there is amazing and there's a good atmosphere that's geared towards football. I liked how it was a month before the season and people already had banners up for the team.

"I haven't seen USC yet, but my teammate Tony Moeaki has been there and told me it was a nice place. They've got great players and coach (Pete) Carroll is a player's coach. I've been to California (was born in Receda) and I know it's nice. I would like to live in the state where I'm from. I watched the game they played versus Virginia Tech last week and they totally took control of the second half. (Reggie) Bush (RB/WR) is a great player." Dace says he will probably visit USC during the season and will take the remainder of his officials post-season.

"I talked to Nebraska's coach (Bill) Callahan about a month ago and he's a real nice guy. He was telling me about their new West Coast offense and how they've been using the pass run a lot--and I like the offense there. Plus coach (Dennis) Wagner is a good OL coach--but I'm going to watch and see how they do.

"Coaches (Jim) Hueber (OL) and (Barry) Alvarez of Wisconsin are also nice guys. I like the atmosphere in Madison and it's a nice location. They run a zone offense and that's what my high school team has been doing a lot of this year. I've only been to a basketball game over there and that was a while ago, but they say that the football support is way crazier. They're ranked well and have good fan support.

"I visited Michigan during my spring break last year and talked with coaches (Andy) Moeller (OL) and (Lloyd) Carr. They use all machines for their weight workouts except for the bench press and I think that will take some getting used to. I liked the facilities there and got to see a practice and talked to some of the players. The coaches said they really want me and could use another offensive tackle, but their depth chart is a little stocked, but I don't know.

"Michigan State has a great coaching staff and is a team of great players. I like Lansing and the campus there--they've got nice academics. I also like the offense they run--a little bit of zone and a little power. I visited there for my spring break. I talked to coach (Steve) Stripling about a month ago and he basically told me that their players are working hard at getting ready for the season. They also need some tackles in this recruiting class and that's their point of emphasis."

LSU, Illinois and Notre Dame round out Dace's top ten.

In his first game of the season (21-7 victory over Glen Ellyn Glenbard West) Dace had three pancake blocks. "It was the first game of the season and I felt a little jittery."

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