It has been a long and winding road but Santa Rosa Junior College wide receiver Angelo Richardson now seems to be in a good spot to get noticed and receive the D-I scholarship he has always wanted. Richardson attended two high schools, two separate NIKE Camps and now turns to his second juco to find the answers.
USC, Cal, Arizona State, Nevada and Nebraska have all expressed interest in Richardson with USC and Nevada both intimating that they would like to have him out for a visit this coming season.
Richardson participated in the 2002 Michigan Nike Camp and the Texas Camp the following year. He graduated from San Ramon Valley High School in 2003 after attending Skyline High School his sophomore and junior years. In addition, for similar reasons, now finds himself at Santa Rosa after a year at Fresno City College.
"It didn't work out at Fresno because they were a running program," Richardson said. "The coaches were good and all but the program wasn't good for me."
Richardson made the same move in high school after being in a run-first offense at Skyline; he transferred to San Ramon Valley and finished his senior season with over 1,200 yards receiving with 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions on defense.
During his senior year of high school, Richardson was talking to Texas, Florida State, Michigan and all but four Pac-10 schools. However, after failing to qualify academically, he then had to sit out a year while clearing up some legal issues before he could get back to playing football.
Of the schools that have shown interest thus far, Richardson favors USC right now.
"Probably USC," Richardson said. "I like the winning tradition."
However, if Richardson had his choice, he would like to go to Miami.
"I think I'd fit in down there," Richardson said. "They take football real serious and always play hard."
Richardson is 6-foot-2, 195 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds in a workout for scouts over the summer. He played in three games at Fresno City last season, finishing with 11 receptions for 148 yards and one touchdown.
Richardson and Santa Rose Junior College will open up the 2005 season on the road at Mendocino College on Sept. 3. The Bear Cubs are rated No. 10 in the state according to The JuCal Transfer Pre-Season Rankings.