Game RX: Donald Richardson

This past season, RB/WR Donald Richardson of Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona established himself as a top playmaker. 24-7 training analyst Will Sullivan breaks down his game and discusses what Donald will need to work on for the next level.

24-7 contributor Will Sullivan has quickly become one of the top trainers in the Phoenix metro area. Working independently and with Fischer sports, Will has trained eight 1st round draft picks and two top five draft picks, along with numerous NFL, college and high school athletes. This week Will takes a look at the game Donald Richardson and gives his training prescription.

Subject:

Donald Richardson is a 5-8 170 pound senior RB/WR at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona. This past season, Richardson established himself as a top playmaker in Arizona prep football as he averaged over fourteen yards a carry and twenty-one yards a reception on the way to sixteen scores.

Evaluation:

Routes

Is an average route runner, however, gets enough separation because he is extremely quick out of his cuts after he catches the ball. He is very aware of where he's at on the field and the coach does a good job of keeping the game simple for him. He will beat you with moves and good acceleration.

Hands

For a small receiver he really extends his hands and does a great job of catching the ball. Normally with small receivers, they have a tendency to catch with the body, but he keeps the ball away from his body and can make catches in traffic.

Running

He is tough to bring down because he has played running back. When you're a back, you are taught to keep your legs moving and that makes for a tough match-up for a corner. As a former corner, trust me we don't want to tackle a running back in tight spaces.

Comparable Style

In many ways he reminds of a poor man's version of Kevin Faulk from the New England Patriots.

Prescription:

An athlete with his size needs superior speed and route running refinement. I would break down his route running and remove his wasted motion. I work with him on using his quickness to learn how to effectively beat a jam and leave defenders "confused." Increased concentration on form could also move Donald from a quick athlete to a very fast athlete.

Will Sullivan was a two-way performer at Bowling Green University playing both corner and receiver. After his college career, Sullivan played in the CFL and AFL. Along with training pro and college athletes, Will also works with junior high and high school athletes. To find out more about his program log on to his website

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