Crespi HS TE Pierce Richardson (Encino, CA) has seen his recruitment heat up in the past couple…
Will Richardson Greyshirt?
Pierce Richardson, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound three-star tight end from Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, Calif., says he believes that his top choice, Boise State, is close to offering him a scholarship…but not for the class of 2010. "They said they'd want me to greyshirt," Richardson said. "I guess they are only graduating like four guys and don't have a lot of offers left. They said that I'd probably be able to redshirt and that's definitely something I'd think about." Richardson, ranked as the No. 30 tight end in the country by Scout.com, still favors the Broncos slightly over Iowa State, Wyoming, San Diego State, New Mexico State and Utah State. All of his favorites have offered (five total) except the Broncos. "I'm being recruited by (assistant head coach/wide receiver) coach Brent Pease," he said. "And we get along real well. He's supposed to call me by Sept. 2, so we'll see what he says." Richardson didn't attend any camps this summer, but has already visited Boise State, Iowa State and Wyoming. "Iowa State was awesome," he said of his time in Ames. "I got to be there for their media day, which was fun. I also got to sit in on a tight end meeting and I like how they run a no-huddle spread. "I also got to see them practice," he said. "And I love their facilities and the whole town was great." Although the Broncos remain Richardson's favorite, he admits that Iowa State and Wyoming are close behind. "Those are my main three right now," he said. "I had a good time at Wyoming too," he said. "They got (new head coach) coach Dave Christensen from Missouri (former offensive coordinator for the Tigers), so you know they are going to be scoring a lot of points." Richardson's latest offer came from San Diego State, who also have a new head coach (Brady Hoke). "I love the new coaches," he said. "Coach Hoke turned around Ball State and they are trying to do the same thing in San Diego. "They are so many great players in California that they are really trying to recruit hard," he said. "There's no reason they can't win the Mountain West Conference in a few years." Richardson says he has no timeframe for making a decision. "Mainly I want to be comfortable with the coaches and the area," he said. "I'd like to go where I know I'll get to play and not just sit on the bench. "I'd like to play a few games and see if I get any more interest (from other schools)," he said. Crespi Carmelite High School start their 2009 campaign on Friday, Sept. 4 against Lancaster High School. Richardson plans on majoring in business and reports a 2.7 core GPA. He is scheduled to take the ACT for the first time on Sept. 12.
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