Jacksonville High School

Open Letter to Bret Bielema Concerning Kevin Richardson

Dear Coach Bret Bielema:

The purpose of this letter is express my strong recommendation of Kevin Richardson, WR/QB, DB/S, and PR/KR of Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, Arkansas, to be a part of the 2013 Arkansas Razorbacks football recruiting class. With my experience working in the athletic departments at the University of Arkansas and University of Wisconsin-Madison, and my experience as a football coach, I contend I’m a suitable judge of the type of talent you have acquired in the past and the type of talent the University of Arkansas has selected in the past and needs. I invite you to look at the highlights of Kevin Richardson here: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/602351/highlights/2023389 .

Kevin Richardson would set the Razorbacks apart from all SEC teams: the Razorbacks would have the only player in the conference who can play quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back/safety, and kick and punt returner. For a long time, Arkansas has longed for a player with the skill of Kevin Richardson: a player who can who can play at a high level on offense, defense and special teams. Imagine how frustrating it will be for defenses when they will not be able to decipher what the offense is doing when Richardson is on the field.

When thinking about getting the most value for the allotted scholarships, Kevin Richardson can contribute for you in every aspect of the game: offense, defense and special teams. That’s like getting two or three players on one scholarship.

As a football coach, almost nothing pleases me more than hearing other coaches having limitless great things to say about an athlete. Kevin’s coaches never run out of great things to say about him. He’s a gifted and versatile football player. He plays the game the right way. You will never have to worry about Kevin not meeting his academic responsibilities. He has an ACT score that’s nationally competitive with all student-athletes in the 2013 recruiting class. Kevin is a leader on and off the field. He’s the right player to help the Razorbacks’ defense to develop into a national championship level defense.

I very much appreciate your time and consideration and look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Kevin Richardson: Outstanding Available 2013 College Football Recruit

Kevin Richardson

Kevin Richardson, graduating senior quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back/safety and kick and punt returner at Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, Arkansas, is one of the most talented high school football players available in the 2013 college football recruiting class.  You can see his highlight videos here: Kevin Richardson’s Highlights.  Kevin Richardson is 6’0 and 160 pounds.  Richardson epitomizes versatility.  As aforementioned, he played on both sides of the ball: quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back/safety and proved to be an explosive kick and punt returner.  For college football programs looking to add value to their programs, Richardson would be indisputable asset.

Richard Davenport, an Arkansas sports reporter, revealed that Kevin Richardson ran a faster time than Altee Tenpenny, running back who has verbally committed to Alabama, at the FCA Combine: Richardson ran a 4.44 and Tenpenny ran a 4.47 (source).  Richardson has great speed and a knack for separating from defenders, whether it’s in his role as wide receiver, punt returner, or kick returner.

Richardson has good grades and an ACT score that is nationally competitive with all other college football recruits.  His coaches are tremendously impressed with him as a student-athlete.  Jacksonville High School Head football coach Russell says that Richardson is “coachable,” “a leader,” “a good kid,” and “a real steal for anyone who gets him.”

Kevin Richardson is working on adding more weight and muscle.  Any program he signs with will, of course, help him to gain the necessary weight and muscle he needs.  He has a boundless athletic upside.  His coaches see him as becoming the next Jarius Wright, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver and former Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver.

College football teams in the state of Arkansas would be served well by recruiting him.  Richardson will inevitably be signed by a quality football program.  He has the potential to make a significant impact on the field in his first year.  Richardson is a player who will not be a “work-in-progress” or “development project” type player—he’s ready to play right now.  His ability to play at a high level on both sides of the ball and on special teams would benefit any team at any level.

College football fans are in for a treat, as they are about to witness an unquestionably gifted player who has the potential to be “the next big thing.”  He’s a head football coach’s dream: a player who can perform well at all aspects of the game: offense, defense, and special teams.

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison