Will 4-star running back trip to WSU soon?

FOUR-STAR RUNNING BACK prospect Demario Richard has a ton of offers but he's whittled that list down to a top six. CF.C touched base with the 5-10, 200-pounder recently to find out more about why Washington State is right there in the thick of things with the elusive Palmdale, Calif. product.

Richard said he has six schools at the top of his leaderboard -- Washington State, Oregon, UW, Utah, ASU and West Virginia. UCLA and Tennessee are also in the mix. Cougar assistant Paul Volero is running the point on Richard's recruitment for Wazzu.

"That's a cool school," said Richard recently. "They actually want me to come up there on (Oct. 12 and Volero) was on the phone with my dad for a couple hours the other day, he's really cool.

"They're in my top six so they're doing something right."

ASU and UW a couple weeks ago appeared to hold an edge but Richard said "not really" when asked if he had a favorite among the six.

AS A JUNIOR Richard racked up for 1,722 yards with 24 touchdowns at Palmdale High. Richard also had 11 catches for 212 yards and another two scores. Leach's offense looks to get the running backs a lot of touches and all-purpose yards as opposed to a traditional number of carries. Is there a particular style of offense Richard prefers?

"No, I can play anything," said Richard.

What makes Richard (4.56 in the 40) a four-star prospect are his cuts and moves, and that he catches the ball exceedingly well coming out of the backfield.

RICHARD HAS YET to firm up any official visit dates but in addition to a possible Dad's Day visit to WSU, he said those might be soon settled. Either that will happen or his planned verbal commitment date may have to be pushed out.

Richard said he plans on making his pledge on his birthday, Dec. 2.

FROM A DISTANCE standpoint, Richard said he's just as apt to venture out as he would be to stay close.

"Actually, that would make me more mature than if I stayed really, really close to home," said Richard.

Richard this fall ai a 16-year-old senior. He is ranked the No. 27 prep running back prospect in the nation.

Demario Richard profile

The LA Times noted this summer that Palmdale High had been sending him in motion out of the backfield in summer workouts, trying to take advantage of his versatility and creating one-on-one mismatches out in space. "He's going to beat 99 out of 100 of those guys," coach Jeff Williams said.

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