March 17, 2010
From skater to all-stater
There may not be much translation in skills from skateboarder to wide receiver, but Palmdale (Calif.) wideout David Richards has made the transition well enough to receive scholarship offers from Colorado State and Arizona.
Richards, who stands 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, said he considers himself a possession receiver who has a strength of going after jump balls. Last season he was named All-CIF, All-League and All-Valley first team, after having not played football during his first two years of high school.
"I think for not having played a whole lot of football, he is definitely a young man with a a lot of upside," said his high school coach Jeff Williams. "He can be a deep threat, he can be a possession receiver. He is an explosive jumper and he does it naturally."
Williams said Richards played baseball and is known as an accomplished skateboarder. Williams said he believes the balance he has shown on a skateboard has translated to the football field.
Richards said he has been offered a scholarship by Colorado State and Arizona, while Williams added San Diego State offered during a passing tournament last year. Iowa, Washington, Purdue and USC are also staying in contact with Richards.
"I am looking for a place where I can see myself spending the next four years and I want to major in business so that is a big part of it too," Richards said. "It is more of a feel and not too much of the cold weather."
Richards said he will visit Arizona on April 10 and Washington this summer. Richards, who resides an hour north of Los Angeles, said he has also kept tabs on Colorado State.
"A lot of their receivers are Juniors and Seniors and that gives me an opportunity to play early," he said. "I don't really know a lot about Colorado State right now. I like the way they run their offense, the way their program is building and going in a positive way."
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