December 11, 2007

QB, Demetrius Richardson heading to Army

This was Coach Stan Brock's inaugural official visit weekend of the recruiting season and a much anticipated time for everyone involved.

The weekend has come and gone, but it was an exciting time for Black Knight coaches, recruits, parents and Army fans. The weekend did hold some very exciting news, as Army landed six commitments to the recruiting class of 2008.

One of the Black Knights football program's top targets at a position of need (quarterback) gave his verbal commitment to Stan Brock this weekend after experiencing an exceptional official visit. "It was a great time …. I loved it, my mom loved it … she is so into that military thing, but she loves the coaches and the education of West Point," shares an excited Demetrius Richardson.

Richardson was hosted on his weekend by Army junior wide receiver, Michael Wright. "On Friday, we (Demetrius & his mother) were picked up at our home and then arrived on campus where we checked in at the Thayer Hotel," says the southpaw. That evening we went out to dinner at Dave & Busters and had a great time. On Saturday I stayed with my host and love the dorm rooms …. Everything they did was nice. I love the brotherhood that I felt with the team and I know the players are hungry and thirsty to win and turn this thing around. "

How does Richardson's athletic ability fit into the Army offensive scheme? "The spread option is something they have talked to me about a lot," says the 6-foot-2, 220 pound quarterback. "I watched film with Coach Walsh and I even told him that I like the offense they were running, but he said the whole coaching staff is going to be up on the spread option."

What are other saying about Richardson?

"Demetrius is one of my top quarterback's for the class of 2008 ... He big, agile and possesses a strong arm and can run. Demetrius has to work on his mechanics a bit -but he is a player who can have a promising future at the next level ... I expect him to do some good things up there at West Point in years to come - he is a good person and a raw-yet gifted talent. OK ... a super talented kid...6-3/220-ish. He and Cincinnati bound Lynelle Payneteamed-up in becoming one of New Jersey more impressive pass-catch combo's in especially in South Jersey ... I've been around Demetrius on a few occasions and also had him at our 2007 Elite College Combine where he displayed all the tools to be a productive quarterback at the next level. In my preseason preview, he was ranked as the third best quarterback in New Jersey ("The Big-Time Magazine") behind Stephen Shimko(Rutgers) and Marc Lucarini(uncommitted)," shares Chris Melvin - HS Football Recruiting Analyst of & the Elite College Combine.

Decision time

"My mother and I had talked about everything on Saturday and she has been my rep through the whole process," stays Richardson. "I knew on Saturday during the tour and briefing that this was the place for me. Coach Brock asked all the recruits what they were thinking, but I didn't say anything, I thought I would make him sweat it out until Sunday, notes a laughing Richardson. I let him know on Sunday and he was very excited."

The New Jersey prospect was recruited by tight end coach, John Misciagna, but also was hearing from quarterback coach Tim Walsh and Football Operations Support, Gaylord Green.

How excited is Richardson about his decision to play at Army and how solid is his commitment? "My commitment is very solid," confirms Richardson. "I'm not sure, but I might take other visits, just to be 110%," declares a laughing Richardson.

Already touting outstanding athleticism, there will high expectations for Richardson. His football maturity should continue to develop after a season at USMAPS and will flourish in Scott Swanson's strength and conditioning program. Ironically, the prep school is only 45 minutes to an hour from Richardson's home. "I'm sure I will be able to get some home cooking from time to time," says a laughing Richardson. congratulates Demetrius Richardson for becoming the newest member of the Long Gray Line.

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