To our knowledge, Washington has only offered three in-state players this year but they're batting 1.000 right now as all three have committed to the Huskies. The most recent player was Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea defensive back Quinton Richardson, a player we liked a lot at the recent NorCal NIKE Camp.
"Washington offered me early in the process and I've been thinking about committing for awhile now," Richardson said. "The more I thought about it, the stronger I felt so I called up Coach Tormey and Coach Willingham Monday night and told them I was ready to be a Husky.
"Washington has great tradition and even though they've been down for awhile, I think Coach Willingham is the guy to bring them back to the top. I'm excited to be a part of that and will do whatever it takes to get the program back on top. The way I look at it, especially for the in-state players, why would you want to go anywhere else."
Richardson, 6-0, 205 pounds was rated among the top three defensive backs at the NIKE Camp and the top overall safety. He showed good ball awareness and body control and covers very good for a big safety. The athlete has a great frame and has a college body right now. Some have even speculated Richardson could bulk up in to a linebacker for college but we love his upside at the safety position.
As a junior, Richardson had 53 tackles and picked off five passes while playing along side USC signee Taylor Mays. He also rushed for 715 yards and six touchdowns and it wouldn't shock us if Richardson ends up on the offensive side of the ball.
"I was recruited as an athlete but I think I'll start off on defense," Richardson said. "I like defense and I think that's my best college position but I'll play wherever they need me."