Richard Talks Recruiting, UW Interest

As one of the top running back recruits on the West Coast, Palmdale (Ca.) RB Demario Richard has had plenty of schools after him since his standout junior campaign in 2012. Even though he remains a soft-verbal to Arizona State, he has visited one other Pac 12 school and he'll be in Seattle in two weeks to see what Washington has to offer...

"I'm visiting Arizona State on Friday (January 17th) and I'm visiting Washington in two weeks (January 24th)," Richard told "I've already visited Utah and seen some other school in the summer, so I will have seen enough to make my decision."

Richard committed to Arizona State back at the beginning of December and has been open to taking visits, but it wasn't until recently that he set up his trip to Seattle.

"I had a good relationship with coach (Keith) Bhonapha when he was at Boise State, but I told him I wasn't going there, so (talking to him) sorta fell off," Richard said. "We just reconnected though and he asked me to take a trip up there (to Washington), so that's what I'm doing."

Helping Washington's cause is the fact that Richard knows quite a few Huskies, both from living in Southern California, but also because of his relationship with UW offensive GA D'Andre Goodwin (they are cousins) and his visits to Seattle over the summer.

"I know Brandon Beaver, I've met Shaq (Thompson), Keith Price, Bishop (Sankey), Jesse Callier and Lavon Coleman, so I am pretty familiar with guys up there," Richard added.

As a junior, Richard rushed for 1,722 yards and 24 touchdowns and this past season, he helped lead the Falcons to a 9-3 record by rushing for nearly 1,500 yards and 30 scores while hauling in 11 receptions for 210 yards and two more touchdowns.

"I was more elusive this year than last year," Richard acknowledged. "Last year, it was more 'one move and go' and this year, it was more moves and being patient.

"On the field, people will see elusiveness, speed, power and vivion. I'm actually down from last year (2012) when I was 206 pounds. I am 203 right now."

Richard said he plans to sit down with his family and coaches to make his decision after he visits Montlake.

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