Major programs around the nation such as the Tennessee Volunteers and Nebraska Cornhuskers have offered three-star Palmsdale, California running back Demario Richard, but the program that stands at the top early on for Richard is the in-state UCLA Bruins. UCLA is hosting Richard on an unofficial visit today, and it will be interesting to see if they can gain even more ground from the other schools that have offered Richard thus far.
He currently holds offers from the Arizona State Sun Devils, California Golden Bears, Arizona Wildcats, Utah Utes, and San Diego State Aztecs in addition to the offers he has from the three schools mentioned in the first paragraph. Although Richard is being recruited on a national scale as well, he is mostly be recruiting within the region and seems to be a valued running back prospect among Pac-12 circles. Washington, Oregon, Florida, and Washington State are four programs of note interested in Richard. Those four programs embody the way Richard’s recruitment has been- a few national brands have interest, but the most interest he is receiving is from the bigger programs out west.
The 5’10”, 195 pound Highland High star is ranked by the 247Composite as the 422nd best recruit in the country, and he checks in just outside the top 25 at the running back position. However, Richard does make the 247Composite’s top 50 in the talent-rich state of California, and he is at 42nd to be exact.
Last season, the potential Ducks offer was incredible with 188 attempts for 1,722 yards and 24 touchdowns. UCLA will be looking to nab their second commitment in the 2014 class, and Steve Broussard will hoping that Richard can be that guy.
Some are wondering if the Oregon Ducks can change things around in Richard’s recruitment, and you would have to think that an offer from Mark Helfrich and his staff would get the UCLA lean thinking a lot about heading up north to play for the fast-paced powerhouse that is a gold mine for running backs. However, the Ducks are being patient (per usual) with regards to extending an offer towards Richard. We’ll see how things go with that, and I think Oregon would be the clear No. 1 threat to UCLA landing this guy.