Richardson talks about Husky commitment

As reported last night, O'Dea ATH Quinton Richardson became the third commitment to the Husky football program for the 2007 class and he spoke about what led to his early decision and why he decided to become a Dawg.

"I had really just slept on it and knew I was ready to make my decision," Richardson said about his commitment to the Huskies on Monday night. "I called coach (Chris) Tormey and coach (Tyrone) Willingham and told them I wanted to be a Husky and they were really excited.

"Coach Tormey said he was ecstatic and that he's looking forward to getting me there and coaching me."

Richardson who plays both ways for the Irish will come to Montlake as an athlete, but right now his focus is going to start on defense.

"They said they like me as an athlete so I don't really have a position right now," Richardson said. "They are going to look at me on defense first, but I could play running back too. It just depends on where I fit in."

Richardson's mother Stephanie, a 2002 UW grad, also helped her son in his decision as well.

"I really wanted him to go to Washington from the beginning," Stephanie said. "I am just ecstatic that he's going to be around a coach like coach Willingham. I believe in (Willingham) 100% and Washington just offers the total package. He's a perfect role model for Quinton and I couldn't be happier because he's still going to be close to me."

Richardson still plans to attend camps at USC and Oregon even though he says he is 100% committed to the Huskies.

"I just want to go down there and compete against some of the great players that will be there," Richardson said confidently. "I just want to get some work in. That's all."

Also on the horizon for Richardson will be recruiting some of his friends and fellow recruits to become Huskies – especially Rainier Beach CB Vonzell McDowell.

"Oh yeah, I'll be talking to him," Richardson said with a laugh. "I want to play with great players and I know that coach Willingham is going to bring the Washington program back to where it is supposed to be – on top. I'll be talking to a lot of the guys I've met on the visits to U-Dub and helping bring in some great players.

"I can't wait to get there and help as much as I can."

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