Thursday, January 3, 2013
Cal commit Richardson looking elsewhere
By Brandon P. Oliver
One of the top offensive weapons on the West squad at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl is sitting out the week with injuries, but he could be one of the players in attendance to make some news before the week is done.
Cal WR commit A.J. Richardson (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) has been committed to the Bears since July, but the three-star receiver hasn't heard much from the new staff in Berkeley.
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"Not really, no. I talked to the new receivers coach once but that's about it," Richardson said. "I guess they think I'm gonna decommit because I took visits to Boise [State], Duke and Nevada. Yeah, I'm serious about looking around at other programs."
The Semper Fidelis All-American has a former Narbonne teammate -- Bryan Douglas -- at Boise State. After his official visit to the new Big East program, Douglas has been working hard on getting the 6-0, 185-pound WR sign up to play on the blue turf.
"Bryan ... yeah, that's like my big brother right there," Richardson said. "He really wants to get me up there to play with him again."
Douglas isn't the only thing about the Broncos program that Richardson likes.
"They just win. They have talent, they develop their guys and they're about to be in the Big East," Richardson said. "I'd get to travel to play games out on the east coast, in the south ... everywhere really. I think it would be cool to travel like that."
"I'm from Cali, I know what it's all about. It would be nice to experience something new, in a place like that," Richardson said. "Boise is a different kind of place. [It's] Just a cool little town with nothing around it. It's hard to get caught up somewhere like that. I think it would be good for me. I could focus, get an education and still play big-time football."