Menchville Star Rising Junior Claims Six Offers

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Clifton Richardson ‘s recruiting card

Clifton Richardson , a 6-1, 195-pound rising junior who has seen action at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, free safety and returner for Menchville (Newport News, VA), figures to be an important piece if the Monarchs are to rebound from three consecutive 2-8 seasons. A confident Richardson believes the team can be in for a breakout year.

“I think we’re starting to click with each other,” said Richardson, who is entering his third year on the varsity level under head coach John Byron. “I think we’re going to have a good year.”

An impressive athlete, Richardson, a speedy player who has run the 100 meters in 10.9 seconds and the 200 meters in 22.5 seconds, rushed for 643 yards and passed for 222 yards last season as a sophomore. He has used this off-season to improve his speed as well as his strength (he gained 10 pounds over the off-season), but feels he has improved most in another important area.

“I think I’ve developed a lot mentally. I know the game now. At first I just used raw talent. Now, I can see what a defense is throwing at me. I can read the defense and, when I’m at quarterback, audible into a different play,” said Richardson, who’ll see action at running back, quarterback and free safety this season. He’ll also return punts and kicks.

For certain, the 2009 season is high on Richardson’s mind at this point. But, as is the case with rising juniors all across the country, he’ll also be thrust more into the recruiting process this year. Richardson can begin receiving official offer letters from colleges in September and he expects at least six schools to come through initially.

Maryland was the first program to verbally offer Richardson, who claims to have since added verbal offers from South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

“It feels great,” Richardson said of receiving those offers. “I like all the schools that have offered. I don’t have a favorite school right now.”

He added, “Right now, I’m not trying to think about recruiting. I’m

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