COLLEGE STATION, Texas- It can take countless hours of summer 7-on-7 work, pass routes after practice and game experience for a quarterback and a receiver to develop great chemistry.
When Mesquite High takes the field this fall, the chemistry between wide receiver Adrian Richards and his quarterback Kelly Page will be the last thing to worry about. The two have been connecting for some time.
"We've been playing football together since the sixth grade," said Richards. "We're gonna see if we can keep it going into college."
That may very well be the case as one Pac-10 program has jumped in with a scholarship offer for Richards and is highly interested in Page.
"Oregon is showing a lot of interest," Page said. "They've already offered Adrian and I think they are going to be offering me soon.
The history between Richards and Page on the football field was easy to see on Friday afternoon at the Texas state 7-on-7 championships. They led the Skeeters to a perfect 3-0 record and will look to continue the magic Saturday in the championship bracket.
Richards has been the more highly-recruited of the two players. He has five favorites. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Boise State and the Ducks all are in the mix to land the 6-foot-4 pass catcher.
With the mention of Oregon, a grin appears on Richards' face, "I like Oregon, especially if they keep coming after Kelly."
Page holds offers from Army and Tulsa but recently has been receiving attention from the Oregon staff and the prospect of an offer therE makes both players happy. Page stands at a sturdy 6-foot-3 and has started for the Skeeters since his Sophomore year. He feels that a knee injury has prevented him from being more heavily recruited.
"I don't feel that I am underrated," he said. "I just think coaches are waiting to see how I do during my senior year because of my injury."
With several other quality players on the Mesquite receiving unit, Richards spends most of his time getting vertical and providing the deep threat for Page. With his speed and size he has been tough defend in the 7 on 7 setting.
Richards is in no hurry to end his recruitment. He plans on waiting to commit until his senior season is over and see who else shows interest. He'll also be keeping a close eye on who shows interest to his close friend and quarterback.