Los Angeles Preps: Eric Richardson
October, 4, 2011
By Blair Angulo | ESPNLosAngeles.com
California's leading passer is averaging 390 yards per game, has 19 touchdowns and ranks eighth in completion percentage. He spreads the ball around like an automated machine and directs a fast-paced offense that, for all intents and purposes, leaves opponents panting.
He's senior Eric Richardson of undefeated Gahr, and he doesn't have any scholarship offers.
"It'd be nice to get something," Richardson says. "I want to play at the next level. It doesn't matter where. I just want to go somewhere."
Richardson is on pace to finish with 3,900 passing yards and 47 touchdowns. College recruiters might be forced to take a close look if he stays on track.
For now, Richardson is just glad to be playing football. An injury to his throwing shoulder last year required surgery and Richardson missed the last eight games. While most top high school juniors were on the field making a name for themselves, gaining exposure and piling up written offers, Richardson was rehabbing.
"Yeah, it was frustrating," he said, "but it helped me see the game from the sideline. I prepared myself for this season knowing what I had to do to be a better player."
And if there was any doubt about Richardson's arm heading into this season, he wasted no time to dispel it by torching Long Beach Millikan for seven touchdown passes in the opener. Gahr (4-0) can claim its first San Gabriel Valley League title with Richardson calling the shots, and Pac-12-bound receivers Delshawn McClellon (Utah) and Dwayne Washington (Washington) hauling in his throws.
In the meantime, Richardson will continue to send schools his highlight tape, hoping someone, anyone, calls back.
"The only thing I can really do is go out, play this season and show why I can play college football," Richardson said. "Hopefully it will come."
Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.