May 28, 2010

DeSoto home to another top young prospect

DeSoto, Texas played nationally-televised opener last year against archrival Cedar Hill, the country's No. 1 team for much of the season. It was a star studded affair. Both teams featured talented upperclassmen such as Evan Washington, Darius Terrell, Aaron Benson and Ben Malena that would eventually be rated as four-star prospects by and sign with BCS schools.

Given the fact that both schools crank out Division I signees on an annual basis, it was also an opportunity to watch for highly touted youngsters of both teams like 2011 offensive lineman Marcus Hutchins. Hutchins was easy to find, since he started as a sophomore and was already shaping up to be one of the most heavily-recruited prospects in the 2011 class.

Thus, anyone with a program at a game such as that one is always scanning the rosters, paying close attention in order to find a newcomers that could be the next big thing like Hutchins. That night, the play of DeSoto sophomore defensive end Michael Richardson caught everyone's eye. Although Richardson did not start, he had a solid game and eventually took over a first team spot the following week. He wound up with 60 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Now, proving that the recruiting cycle is speeding up rather than slowing down, Richardson already sports verbal offers from Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State even though he has yet to finish his sophomore year and it was just his first season playing end.

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