January 04, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers defensive back Keith Tandy (8) tries to tackle Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) during the first half of the 2012 Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
Chad Simmons of Fox Sports/Scout is reporting that De’Asian Richardson has verbally commited to Coach Joe Deforest and the West Virginia Mountaineers. Richardson, a native of Orange Park, Florida, is rated by Scout as the #24 defensive tackle in the country. Richardson also has offers from programs such as Oklahoma and Alabama.
It is important to temper excitement here. Richardson, like any other recruit in the country is able to verbally commit at any time, to any program they wish. The only thing that matters is where he signs his letter of intent.
With that being said; the Richardson commitment would be one of the biggest signings in recent school history. West Virginia has traditionally struggled to recruit 4-star (or 5-star) talent. The move to the Big XII and the associated step up in level of competition probably played a role in Richardson commitment.
Given West Virginia’s BCS success over the past six seasons, paired with a better conference home and a big contract extension for Coach Holgorsen, I would expect to see West Virginia sign more 4-star recruits this season than any other season in recent history.
Ken Durbin is a two time graduate of West Virginia University. He graduated with a BS degree in 2007 and a MA degree in 2008. He currently lives in Williamsburg, VA where he passionately follows all things West Virginia.