Texas gem in holding pattern

CORNERBACK ANDRE RICHARDSON, who earned an offer from Washington State back in July, has seen his final prep season and college recruitment turned upside down. With several D-IA offers before his senior season was to begin, the 6-0, 180-pound playmaker out of Arlington, Texas, is now facing an uncertain future as he attempts to get qualified and embark on his college career.

Richardson didn't take the field this season, and is no longer attending Bowie High.

"It wouldn't bother me if it was out there, I left to go to another school and then I got picked up one day by the people who were supposed to pick me up, just a normal day, the car was stopped on campus and there was a gun in the car," said Richardson. "If you get caught with a gun, even though I wasn't caught with it, they kick you out of the school."

Richardson has had a few different phone numbers over the last few months and also lost all the college coaches' numbers he had when his cell phone went dead. He said he hasn't heard from many schools of late, save for Wisconsin and Colorado State. Both of those schools, Wisconsin in particular, looks to be taking a wait and see approach to whether Richardson can get qualified by July in order to join the class of 2007.

He is on a waiting list and currently waiting word from the Dallas can! Academy in an effort to finish up his high school degree.

"I'm working on getting that diploma, and they're telling me if I do that, they want to hurry up and get me in," said Richardson. "They said if I go there I can probably finish up in three or four months and get my diploma."

RICHARDSON, CONSIDERED BY MANY to be among the top corner prospects in the Dallas Metroplex area, excelled in the 4-2-5 at Bowie his junior year.

He held offers from several schools back in July, including Washington State, Arizona State, Houston, Baylor, Missouri and UTEP.

"I can still play," said Richardson. "I can go out and play right now. I'd love to be able to get out there and go. If I heard back from some of the other schools, if they opened back up and somehow got in contact with me, it'd be all back to square one."

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