Four-star quarterback Darryl Richardson (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) is hopeful he can make a big breakthrough in his senior year.
And the rest of his team is counting on the 6-foot-5, 240-pound senior to make those strides to help Armwood return to the state championship game. On the way, Richardson's recruitment is also expected to pick up even more. Right now the schools most involved with Richardson are Tennessee, South Florida and Missouri.
"Missouri has kind of jumped in the picture in the last few weeks," said Armwood head coach Sean Callahan. "A lot of schools are really interested in Darryl because he's such a raw prospect with a lot to offer.
"But he's got to continue to work hard and continue to make improvements in the classroom. He's buying in to everything we're teaching him."
Richardson has tried not to concern himself with the process and is letting it handle itself.
"Most of the mail I have is going to the coaches and they talk with me about it from there," Richardson said. "My whole focus is the team and trying to do the right things with them."
While Richardson prefers quarterback and is being recruited as a quarterback, he does work in a little tight end work when Armwood goes to a wildcat look with ESPN 150 athlete Alvin Bailey at quarterback.
"It's just another part of our offense," Callahan said. "Richardson probably won't get a lot of balls thrown his way -- might not get any -- but having a 6-5, 250-pound guy out there running routes makes the defense take notice."
Richardson was planning to take in the South Florida-Chattanooga game Saturday, but Armwood's game was pushed back a day because of security needed for the Republican National Convention.