Wheaton, Ill. four star ranked offensive tackle prospect Dace Richardson (6-foot-6, 300 pounds) from Wheaton South High School knows that he'll get to play another game this weekend, and at this point of the season that's about all that matters to this standout prospect.
“We had a pretty good game last Friday night against Glenbard North," Dace Richardson said about the Tigers 24-14 Class 8A first round win. “Ryan Donahue opened the game with a huge kickoff return for a touchdown, and that really set the tone for us. We get to play another week this week, and with all of the upsets early in the playoffs last week it was a good reminder for us to never take any playoff game or opponent for granted."
Richardson without hesitation loves this time of the season.
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"I love the playoffs. It's hard to describe, but it's just a different feeling from the regular season. In the state playoffs, every play counts. Also if you don't win you're done, and that adds to the overall intensity on the field. It's an exciting time of the year for me."
"This week we play Naperville North at their place on Saturday. The last time we played them things didn't go too well for us (a Naperville North 21-14 win in Week 5 of the regular season) so we'll definitely be looking for some payback this week. It's going to be a hard hitting game and it should be another great game overall. We want to definitely come out and play hard and show that we have some heart."
So is anything new on the Richardson recruiting front?
"I'm still set to take an official visit to Iowa on December 10th. I know that Iowa recently got a verbal commitment from an offensive tackle (Andy Kuempel) but I'm still in their plans and I still have an offer from the Hawkeyes. I'm also going to set an official visit date soon with USC, I'm just trying to sort out a date for that visit. I'm also considering taking a fourth official visit to either Michigan, Miami (Fla.) or Oklahoma. I'm planning on taking four official visits before I make my final college choice."