Important Weekend for Richardson

One of the junior college players on Wisconsin's recruiting radar, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M cornerback Keishawn Richardson is anxious to see the Badgers program this weekend.

Playing its first home game in 28 days, Wisconsin football finally gets to showcase its program again to official visitors. On secondary coach Bill Busch's radar since mid October, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M cornerback Keishawn Richardson is anxious to see if the Badgers' program is the right fit for him.

"I am really excited to get there and be there this weekend," Richardson told BadgerNation. "I am looking to have a lot of fun and learn a lot about the Badgers. I mean, if I get a degree from Wisconsin, then that is going to look good anywhere I go. The fans are amazing and I can't wait to meet the coaching staff. Wisconsin is definitely my leader going into this visit."

Although the 5-11, 175-pound Richardson has reportedly been talking to numerous defensive coaches and head coach Gary Andersen, Busch has led the pursuit and has been on him with his studies to make sure he can graduate.

"I get a call from Coach Busch every week and he actually stays on me about my geology class, because that is my toughest class and I need that to graduate," said Richardson. "We have been talking about that a lot and he gives me pointers on how to study better. He keeps me prepared for that class and all the little stuff. He has kind of been guiding me and he is a very cool guy.

"Coach Andersen, every time I have gotten on the phone with him, he gets straight to the point and tells me how it is. He is very excited for me to get up there and hopefully join the team."

After logging 85 tackles, two interceptions, six pass breakups, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries last season, Richardson made 39 tackles, a pair of interceptions, and nine pass breakups in his sophomore season.

"Our season has ended and we really didn't have a good season," said Richardson. "As far as our secondary, we had a really good season. We didn't get many balls thrown against us and we probably gave up about two or three passing touchdowns the whole season. Passing yards were hard to come by against us this season. I think overall the secondary had a great season, but as far as the team, it wasn't that great. We had a new coaching staff and new people, so we started rough and didn't do so well, but we also had good moments to have some positives."

Holding offers from Ball State, Iowa State, Memphis, New Mexico and Toledo, Richardson is not only looking for the best fit for himself, but for his new family.

"I am looking for first a good education and a better future for myself and my daughter," said Richardson, who is thinking about majoring in psychology. "I want a place that I can play immediately and really have a family-type atmosphere. I am a family guy, so I like to be really a family more than a team that just practices and plays the games. If I can find that, then that is always a good place to be."


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