Linebacker Raysean Richardson earned AP Group AAA second-team all-state honors last season, which was his third year as a starter on Oscar Smith’s (Chesapeake, VA) varsity football squad. The 6-0, 210-pound junior has produced at a high level for one of the state’s top high school football programs, but that first FBS offer has yet to arrive.
If necessary, Richardson will participate in spring and summer camps to earn scholarships.
“I plan on going to some camps this year, but I’m still going to wait and see who offers me before then,” said Richardson, who tallied 88 tackles including 22 tackles for loss and eight sacks last season as a junior.
Oscar Smith’s last highly recruited linebacker was Jerod Askew, who is now on scholarship at the University of Tennessee. A humble personality, Richardson shied away from any comparisons with the current Volunteers freshman.
“Jerod is a pretty good player. I can’t compare myself to him. He was just outstanding,” Richardson said. “It was fun to watch him and [current UVa freshman running back] Perry [Jones], but I plan on getting better and hopefully I’ll pick up some stuff they did.”
Open to staying in the state for college, Richardson has visited both Virginia and Virginia Tech. The most recent trip was to Charlottesville for Virginia’s January 16 junior day.
“I’m still neutral, but I liked the sights and stuff at UVa. I think it would be a good place to go,” Richardson said. “Tim [Smith] and Perry told me good stuff about it.
“With Virginia Tech, I went to their camp last year. It was good. I felt I did my best. Virginia Tech asked me to come back to camp this year.”
Starting as a freshman at Oscar Smith is not easy. The Tigers, which won the 2008 Group AAA Division 6 state championship, have been nationally ranked each of the past two seasons. Confidence helped Richardson’s transition to the varsity level.
“I just showed the coaches and everybody that I wasn’t scared to play,” Richardson said. “No matter how big and tough the competition is, I feel I can compete.”
This off-season, Richardson is working to improve his speed and strength. Versatile, he believes he could play inside or outside on the college level.