One of the best all-around athletes in the Los Angeles City Section this season is Chris Richards (6-0, 155, 4.44) from North Hills (Calif.) Monroe. He had an outstanding NIKE Camp held in San Diego where he finished tenth in the SPARQ ratings for that camp. Richards currently has two offers and one pending.
The athletic Richards recorded a 36-inch vertical jump and ran a 4.44 40-yard dash. He will also be part of the NIKE 40 challenge being held at USC in the near future.
The NIKE 40 challenge is a speed event where the top sprinters will go head-to-head.
Richards is a three-sport letterman in football, basketball and track. He won the junior varsity 100-meter as a sophomore with a 10.86. For his junior track season, Richards won the league in the 100 with a 10.74.
Richards only played five games as a junior and he was very productive in those five games. During his first three games Richards gained 429 yards and four touchdowns. He was one of the top five rushers in the City at the time.
It was in the third game that Richards suffered his injury. He healed up in time for the playoffs and in two games he picked off three passes.
“Chris could be the best all-around athlete in our league,” Monroe offensive coordinator Derwin Henderson said. “He can do so much.”
“On offense, we are going to try to get the ball in his hands in a variety of ways,” Henderson said. “On defense he will rarely be challenged.”
Though Richards brings a lot to the table on both sides of the ball he projects a pure cover corner.
Richards will be taking an unofficial visit to Michigan this coming weekend and the word there may be an offer pending. He is also contemplating unofficial visits this summer to Washington State, Washington, Oregon State, Oregon and San Diego State.
Richards has two offers on the table from Cal and Washington State.
“I would like to play in the Pac-10,” Richards said. “It has always been a dream of mine.”
If Michigan does indeed offer, dreams can change.
Richards has outstanding bloodlines. Not only is his Dad (Chris Richards, Sr.), his high school coach, but his Dad played his college ball at Cal. His older brother Rashaad Richards signed with Boise State this past February.
Cal, Oregon State, Washington State and USC are his early favorites
Richards is a full qualifier with a 3.3 GPA and 1010 SAT.