There are more reasons than recently being named defensive back MVP at the NIKE Camp last weekend that has cornerback Shaquille Richardson (6-0, 182, 4.57) from Los Alamitos, Calif., seeing his stock rise.
Richardson is also being compared to some of the other great defensive backs that have played at Los Alamitos over the years and he just won a Los Al "Dude" shirt given to only a few players on the Los Al team.
How a player can earn the Los Al "Dude" shirt is by doing all the things in the offseason that will get him ready to perform at the high level that has made Los Alamitos one of the Southern California's best programs over the past 20 years.
Richardson is definitely who is beginning to live up the legacy if the Griffin program.
At the NIKE Camp held in Los Angeles, Richardson was nails. He performed like you think a MVP would, as he displayed the skills of a lockdown cover corner.
"I compare Shaq to (San Diego Charger) Antoine Cason at the same stage," Los Alamitos coach John Barnes said. "It was about this time that Antoine started to take seriously his weight training and really upped his work ethic.
"Then Antoine really took off and the light turned on for him," Barnes said. "I hoping that Shaq will do the same. He's extremely physical."
"As Shaq started to gain confidence, he started to play very well for us," Barnes said. "He started to make plays."
"Shaq is good in the weight room and good on the field," Barnes said. "I think that he is going to be very special."
Richardson's current bench is 240, and he power cleans 225.
Schools such as UCLA, Cal, Arizona, Fresno State, New Mexico State and San Diego State are showing interest in Richardson.
Don't be surprised to see Richardson earn his first offer in the very near future.
As a junior, Richardson earned second-team all-league after accounting for over 20 tackles and one interception.