Cougs continue Texas prospecting

SEVEN COUGARS FROM the state of Texas will take the field when Washington State begins fall practices a little more than two weeks from now. Among the WSU targets from the Lone Star state for the '07 recruiting class is Andre Richardson, a heady CB who excels in nickel coverage. And he's not the only one with a crimson offer out of the Arlington area.

The Cougs have offered both Richardson and lightning quick linebacker Julian Herron from of the Dallas area suburb, as WSU continues to build the Palouse-Texas pipeline. Texas is one of three states (California, Florida) generally considered to be the top producers of prep talent in the nation.

Two WSU coaches now hold very strong recruiting ties to the state, further enabling Washington State to become a notable player in the Lone Star state recruiting wars. With the crimson duo of Leon Burtnett, tabbed one of the nation's most respected recruiters by Sports Illustrated, and recruiting coordinator Greg Peterson, having spent the last 12-plus years canvassing Texas' high schools, Wazzu's reach into the state only figures to extend further this recruiting year, and beyond. (Check back on CF.C soon for more on Herron)

RICHARDSON IS BEING recruited by Washington State as a corner, although a few now like him as a safety and nickel back after offseason camp and combine outings. The 6-0, 180-pound cornerback said WSU is high on his list, with Peterson having made an impact.

"I like coach Peterson, he's a cool dude to talk to," said Richardson.

MANY CORNERBACKS OWN a world of confidence and an engaging personality, one that draws teammates to them in the way a Tyron Brackenridge, a Don Turner does for the Cougs. Richardson is cut from the same cloth.

"I'm 6-foot. I'm still 180, but I'm 6-foot. Hoo boy, I don't even know about a 40 time. I'm probably about a 4.6. Fast? I wouldn't even say that," said Richardson. "The only kind of pure running I did was in coverage. I haven't been timed lately or doing that kind of running."

Richardson said WSU, Houston and Baylor could be considered his leaders but it's more accurate to say he's wide open with a number of schools that hold his interest, including TCU, who has yet to offer.

"My coach tells me some and I know of some personally but if I were to combine what I know and he what he knows, it's about 11 or 12 offers."

AS IT WAS for most Texans who now don the crimson and gray, a visit to Washington State will be critical in removing some of the reticence that naturally comes with making a move north.

"That's a long, long way from home," said Richardson.

THE BOOK ON Richardson through his junior year is that he's a player with a strong football acumen, the ability to take the top receiver out of the game and has a nose for the football.

"If we run a 4-2-5 defense, I can play the whole field from the middle and run the alley at the same time," he said.

Richardson has not set up any official visit dates to this point but recently made an unofficial trip to Baylor.

NOTABLE NOTE: Big and bright, and deep in the heart of the Palouse
In 2005, Washington State MLB Greg Trent started 7 games as a freshman, playing in all 11 contests. RB DeMaundray Woolridge averaged 6.0 yards a carry, piling up 312 rushing yards. LB Jason Stripling played in nine games. Washington State welcomes three more scholarship players from the Lone Star state this season: CB Kerry Maddox, RB Chris Ivory and TE Jason Price. A potential steal, DB Desmond Murff also walks on at WSU this fall.

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