Recruiting: Fourth known RB gets offer from Cougs

IF SOMEONE SAYS Marcus Richmond eats, breaths and sleeps football, rest assured they're not exaggerating. The 6-1, 200-pound tailback from Mesa, Ariz., goes to bed at night with a football tucked in his arms. Such dedication was evident at's recent combine in Berkeley, where Richmond turned heads. In fact, Washington State was so impressed that the Cougars this past week became the first school to make him a scholarship offer.

He is the fourth known running back the Cougars have offered so far in the young recruiting season. The others are Skylar Jessen of Spokane, Tracy Slocum of Fresno, and James Montgomery of Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Richmond tells CF.C that Washington State offered on Tuesday, going on to say he made a connection with WSU assistant head coach Robin Pflugrad, citing his down to earth attitude and football knowledge.

"He's real cool," said Richmond. "He knows a lot about (technique and football) and really seems like a coach I'd like to play for."

IN ADDITION TO WSU, schools recruiting the hardest include Oregon, Utah, New Mexico, and UTEP. The Cougs have risen to the top of his leaders list, along with the Utes.

"Right now, I'd say Washington State and Utah," Richmond said. WSU, however, could also possess one very important advantage over schools like Utah when its all said and done – Mom.

Richmond, who also excels at defensive back (83 tackles in 2004), says he's dreamed of playing in the Pac-10 since he was kid. Holding the same aspirations are his mother, a big time college sports fan who says the Pac-10 is an elite conference and whose brother, Marcus' uncle, played at ASU "back in the day".

"My mom wants me to go Pac-10," Richmond said with a laugh. "She says, ‘No matter what, you're going Pac-10'. So that's one of the things that will help drive my decision…And she of course wants to be able to see me play. Schools will call and she'll tell me, ‘Don't worry, they weren't in the Pac-10.'"

DESPITE RUSHING FOR about 1,600 yards with 16 TDs last season, Richmond was considered a bit of a sleeper coming into the combine last Sunday. But the Pride of Dobson High showed all kinds of athleticism in the various drills and looked very smooth coming out of the backfield in one-on-one sessions.

"I thought I fit in well," said Richmond. "It showed me I could play pretty well against some of the top talent."

All schools are recruiting him as a tailback. The book on Richmond is he's ultra competitive, with great field awareness and vision, and can downshift into another gear to break away from the pack. Well, watch out for the furniture because he also walks around the house with a football and even sleeps with it.

"Last year I had an amount of fumbles I didn't really want to have," Richmond laughed. "So I just hold onto the ball now -- at all times."

Important to Richmond's decision making process will be "the fit" with a school and a coaching staff. Distance is not a factor and he'd like his surroundings to be conducive to school and football, saying he doesn't want to have many potential distractions to those two endeavors.

In a position coach, he'd like to play for someone down to earth that he can relate to, and who enjoys his pupils asking questions.

Richmond would like to take a few trips but all things being equal between an early or a late decision, he'd probably go with the former.

He carries a 3.0 core GPA and was to take the ACT this past weekend. Richmond would like to major in sports medicine.

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