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Recruiting taking off for Richardson

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Orange Park (Fla.) defensive end De'Asian Richardson has had a good week. It began with him holding just two offers but has quickly seen his list swell to five. A very significant offer came in on Thursday.
"I just got Alabama today," Richardson said. "Ole Miss and South Carolina also recently offered me. I am talking to Florida State and hearing from Penn State. Duke and USF had already offered me."
Richardson talked about his conversation with Alabama head coach Nick Saban and assistant coach Jeremy Pruitt.
"They told me that they saw my highlight and that I am pretty good," Richardson said. "They said that they like how athletic I am. They said I could have a chance to play both ways, that it would be up to me which side of the ball I played on."
The 6-foot-4 270-pound prospect, whose primary position is defensive end, also contributes on offense as a big wide receiver and tight end. He hasn't ruled out playing on the offensive side of the ball in college.
"Right now I don't really have a preference because I know I could do both and I like both of them," Richardson said. "I guess that is just going to be the decision I have to make in the long run."
One of the first schools in the picture with Richardson was South Florida. He took a visit recently to check out the Bulls.
"I took a visit to USF last Sunday," Richardson said. "It was nice. I liked it. It was a new experience. I liked getting a chance to see it and meet everyone there. I just want to visit places and see where feels like home on my visits and which one I like the most."
His visit to Tampa won't be the only one he takes. He is currently working on plans to see at least a trio of other schools.
"I will really try to visit anyone that invites me, anybody that wants me," Richardson said. "I know I want to visit South Carolina. I am planning to go to FSU to see them. I know I want to see Alabama. I might go to the spring game at Alabama."
Richardson will travel to Florida State's Junior Day on February 25th. At this time, that is his only scheduled visit in the near future. The Seminoles just began to show Richardson interest.
"I started hearing from Florida State last Thursday," Richardson said. "I have talked with Coach (Odell) Haggins. He told me they saw my film and liked me on the defensive line. They said I am a good player and that they wanted to get me there for the Junior Day. I told him I will see him next weekend."
When it comes time to make a decision, Richardson says it is all about finding the right fit.
"I just want to find a school that is going to benefit my future and feel like home from the first minute I am there," Richardson said. "I just want to be comfortable because I am going to be there for four years."
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