The Latest on Clifton Richardson

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Menchville (Newport News, VA) athlete Clifton Richardson remains a “soft” commitment to the University of Virginia, and at this point he does not intend to make a final decision any time soon. The 6-1, 195-pound junior, one of the top prospects in the state, may not make a final decision until the fall or maybe beyond.

“Recruiting is still open,” Richardson said. “I’m still going to take official visits before I make a final decision.”

Richardson hopes to visit several schools unofficially before the start of his senior season. He relayed which schools he’s interested in exploring.

“I want to check out West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida, LSU and South Carolina,” said Richardson, who boasts double-digit FBS offers and serious interest from Florida and LSU. “Right now, that’s all I know.”

Richardson will participate in the Nike Combine in Blacksburg in May. He also plans to attend Virginia’s spring practice at Old Dominion University on March 27. Richardson’s most recent visit was to the University of Virginia for the March 6 junior day. The day obviously went well because that was the day he committed, although of course he has since backed off somewhat.

“I really like my relationship with the Virginia coaches,” Richardson said. “I think they are great coaches, but I really like that they don’t preach football. They talk a lot about stuff off the field, too. I like that. Coach [Chip] West and I have a great relationship. I knew him from ODU. They are great coaches. They talked about what I’d feel comfortable in. They’ll run pro-style and some spread and I’d look forward to moving between running back and wide receiver.”

Coach Mike London understood Richardson’s desire to visit other schools.

“He just told me to take my time. Don’t rush it,” Richardson said. “He said he wouldn’t mind me checking my options before making a final commitment.”

Will Virginia’s 2010 season be a factor in Richardson’s college choice?

“I think they can do really good, but if they don’t, I now it is just the first year,” Richardson said. “So, it’s not a huge factor.”

A versatile prospect, Richardson rushed for over 1,200