- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
How does a quarterback attract the attention of the elite FBS programs? Throwing for more than 700 yards and seven touchdowns in a single game surely doesn’t hurt. Having the support of a former college head coach helps even more.
Quarterback Mike Richardson (Marble Falls, Texas/Marble Falls) doesn’t have the big-school offer yet, but he’s hoping his record-setting performance on Thursday might assist in attracting more college recruiters. Richardson, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound quarterback, threw for 725 yards in a 62-55 win against Boerne (Texas) Champion on Thursday, putting himself atop the Texas high school football record books for single-game passing yards.
“I’m still kind of shock. I couldn’t dream a game like that in my wildest dreams,” Richardson said. “I didn’t believe it last night, but when it finally hit me, it felt great.”
Richardson has been contacted by Baylor, SMU and North Texas, in addition to FCS schools Stephen F. Austin and McNeese State. All five schools gave him the same advice when he conversed with them.
“Just go out and play your best,” Richardson said, chuckling.
Richardson broke the state’s single-game passing record of 683 yards, set in 2011 by Dylan Sheffield (Wichita Falls, Texas/Wichita Falls). What might be even more impressive to scouts was Richardson’s passing accuracy. He completed 35 of 45 attempts (77.8 percent) and didn't throw an interception.
For the season, Richardson has completed 68 percent of his passes and has thrown for more than 1,400 yards. He is on pace to throw for more than 3,400 yards for the regular season.
“I think the thing that speaks most about him is in four weeks, he has thrown 20 touchdowns with only one interception,” said Marble Falls coach Todd Dodge, the former Texas Longhorns quarterback who not only won four state championships at Southlake (Texas) Carroll but also spent four seasons as the head coach at North Texas.
“Mike’s the kind of guy that’s a fieldhouse rat. He soaks up video and knowledge to constantly get better. The gratifying thing is that this is not a fluke deal with him.”
Five of Richardson’s touchdown passes went to 2014 Garrett Gray, a 6-4, 200-pound receiver with 4.47-second speed in the 40-yard dash. Gray finished the night with a career outing of his own -- 13 catches for 293 yards. Gray scored on pass plays of 9, 36, 60, 58 and 73 yards.
How does a quarterback attract the attention of the elite FBS programs? Throwing for more than 700 yards and seven touchdowns in a single game surely doesn’t hurt.