Jordan Richards committed to Stanford last week and Folsom, Calif., coach Kris Richardson said it was a great fit not only from an athletic standpoint but the Pac-10 school also has an outstanding biology program that Richards likes.
"It's been a long, thought-out process and he researched his butt off and he's a great student and it's a great fit for him," Richardson said.
"He had a lot of decisions to make, a lot of schools had offered but he really felt that was the place he needed to be and I agree. It's a great place.
"He's a 4.0 student and he wants to be a biology major and I know they have a great biology program so it's a great fit. He's close to home, his dad coaches on my coaching staff so he'll be able to coach and go see his son play on Saturdays. It's a great thing for him."
Richards, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete, finished with a game-high 13 receptions for 124 yards in Folsom's 49-14 loss to Sacramento (Calif.) Grant Friday night on national television.
Rivals.com rates Richards as the No. 84 athlete nationally and No. 89 in the California state rankings.
Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Cal, Iowa State, Oregon, Northwestern, Utah, Washington and Wyoming were all involved in Richards' recruitment but he found the best spot with the Cardinal and decided to commit last week.
Richards said earlier in August that his major - human biology - would be maybe the biggest factor in his decision-making process.
He had an early application to Stanford and said he should know within weeks whether or not he would be accepted. Once he heard back from the school he had closed in on a commitment.
Richards is a standout wide receiver but also plays defensive back and Richardson said he didn't believe Stanford was sure which way they'd go with his star player. Either way, Richards is going to get a chance to excel in Palo Alto - on the football field and in the classroom.
"They go back and forth," Richardson said of Stanford. "I'm not sure which one yet. He's a great player on both sides of the ball."