Three-star cornerback Shaquille Richardson (6-2, 170, 4.5) from Los Alamitos, Calif., first caught the attention of Rivals.com with a standout performance at the NIKE Camp held in Los Angeles. He earned the camp's MVP defensive back award and his status changed from sleeper to bona fide prospect overnight.
Since that time, Richardson has gone from no offers to seven and his hard work in the offseason has made him one of the best corners from the Golden State for the class of 2010.
Richardson is one of the main reasons that Los Al is off to a perfect 3-0 start this start this season. Even though the opposition has tried to avoid Richardson, the few times they have challenged him, the talented corner has made them pay.
So far this season, Richardson has picked off three passes, while racking up four tackles, two pass deflections, one sack and one fumble recovery.
On the offensive side of the football, playing wide receiver, Richardson has five receptions for 188 yards and three receiving touchdowns while averaging 37.6 yards per catch.
Richardson is definitely off to a very productive start.
On the recruiting trail, Richardson has already visited Oregon State and has visits scheduled to Washington (October 24th) and Arizona State (November 27th).
"Oregon State was really nice," Richardson said. "I liked it a lot. I liked the environment. The whole city (Corvallis) is really into Oregon State.
"The whole team is really close," Richardson said. "The crowd at the game was really nice. They were really loud.
Even though Richardson enjoyed his time at Oregon State, he didn't commit citing that is important to him to take his visits.
Richardson doesn't have any other visits set at this time, but he is thinking about taking a visit to UCLA after the season.
Regarding taking in any college games, Richardson is planning on taking in some local college games at UCLA and USC.
Regarding colleges, Richardson is keeping a very open mind.
"I don't have any favorites yet because if I did have a favorite it would be unfair," Richardson said. "I have only been on one trip and I haven't seen the other ones.
"I'm not sure when I will make up my mind," Richardson said. "Maybe later in the process, more than likely after the season. It's looking like January."
The schools that have offered Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, UNLV, Utah, New Mexico State and Northern Arizona have all made calls since schools have been allowed to make contact. Fresno State and Oregon have also called and are showing interest in Richardson.
As a junior, Richardson earned second-team all-league after accounting for over 20 tackles and one interception.
Richardson earned a spot on the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 team for the class of 2010 landing as the Golden State's No. 47 prospect at any position.