In-State Juniors Adding Offers

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With college football seasons coming to an end, high school juniors can expect recruiting to pick up. This has been true for Menchville (Newport News) athlete Clifton Richardson and Dinwiddie defensive lineman Corey Marshall, who are considered two of the top juniors in the state of Virginia.

Richardson, a 6-1, 195-pound prospect, is creeping closer to double-digit offers. He has seven and expects another by the end of the week.

“I have seven offers,” Richardson said. “I have Maryland, Tennessee, South Carolina, [Virginia] Tech, UVa, ECU and West Virginia. Right now, it is at seven. But Miami said an offer is coming this week.”

Duke, Georgia, LSU and Wake Forest are also expressing interest in the versatile Richardson, who saw action at running back, quarterback, free safety and linebacker this past season. He rushed for about 1,300 yards on offense and was a force on special teams as well, returning two kicks for scores. Most schools are recruiting Richardson as an athlete with potential on either side of the ball.

Richardson did not name a favorite but hopes to have a top five before the start of his senior season. He visited North Carolina and Virginia Tech this fall, but his most recent trip was to Blacksburg for Virginia Tech’s matchup against N.C. State.

“It was amazing,” Richardson said. “They have great fans. They kicked N.C. State’s butt. I talked to Coach Beamer and a lot of the other coaches while I was there. I went out to the middle of the field before the game and talked to some players and stuff.”

He compared the Blacksburg experience with the one in Chapel Hill.

“UNC was good too, but Virginia Tech’s fans were better than UNC’s fans,” Richardson said. “Virginia Tech’s fans were more hyped.”

Game atmosphere will be a factor in Richardson’s ultimate decision, but it does not appear to be a major factor.

“Other factors are more important,” Richardson said. “Education is first and then depth chart. I want to play as a true freshman. Distance may play a factor too, but I’m not sure yet.”

Richardson seems interested in both in-state FBS programs.

“I’m pretty interested to see the new [Virginia] coach, but I like UVa and Virginia Tech,” said Richardson, who has been to UVa