August 1, 2005

Noles land another quarterback

video D'Vontrey Richardson scouting video

Just last Friday, Warchant.com first reported that quarterback Christian Ponder had made a commitment to Florida State. It looks like he will have some competition.

Leesburg, Georgia quarterback D'Vontrey Richardson became commitment No. 7 for the 'Noles during an unofficial visit with his father, mother, brother and coach on Monday.

"I committed early today to coach Allen," Richardson told Warchant.com. "I've already been here three times so I already knew what I was going to do... I just like everything."

The four-star recruit selected FSU over schools like Georgia, Clemson and Marshall.

Prior to his appearance at FSU's football camp last month, the Seminole coaches were looking at the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder strictly as an athlete. That changed after he turned in a solid performance at quarterback. Even though he won't totally discount the possibility of playing another position, Richardson wants a shot to fulfill his dream and play under center in college.

Some recruiting analysts have projected that the No. 8 ranked player in Georgia will end up at safety or wide receiver, but the people that work with him first hand disagree.

"He can read defenses and check plays off," Lee County coach Dave Johnson said. "He has come a long way in a year with the offense and he's got a year of that under his belt so he's going to be that much better in looking at defenses and checking to plays we need to check to... He can play quarterback for any school and I'm just glad he is playing for Florida State."

Florida State has told him they will give him the chance to play quarterback and he will also be given the opportunity to follow his other dream of playing baseball.

"They said I could play with my teammate Buster Posey who played shortstop with us this year," Richardson said. "He's pretty good."

As a junior, Richardson posted some big numbers passing for 1,738 yards and 14 touchdowns. On the ground, he ran for 1,132 yards and 11 touchdowns. On the baseball field, the Lee County standout plays center field. He said the only way he would skip college altogether is if he is drafted very high in the MLB draft. However, as for now, he doesn't think that is going to happen.

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