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Bellevue West Richardson More Than Just a ‘Big Back’


Bellevue West running back LJ Richardson had a lot to prove last fall, for that matter this spring. 

After over 1,200 yard and 15 touchdowns in just seven games he showed how good of a back he is between the lines. Those numbers and that game film wasn’t enough for the 6-foot-1, 208-pound running back to garner an offer.

Next level coaches still didn’t think he was fast enough, they wanted the track times. In his first season on the track he had personal best times of 10.84 in the 100 meter dash and 22.48 in the 200. Consider that box checked. 

Saturday he will have his chance to showcase his skills in front of 21 FBS schools in St. Charles, Missouri at the Lindenwood Mega Camp. He isn’t putting all of his stock into one camp but it will guide the rest of his summer and the schools he would like to visit. 

“I am going to wait until after Lindenwood,” Richardson said when asked about his next steps. “Then I will make a decision on what school camps I want to go to after that.”

Although he doesn’t have an offer, one school in particular has kept a close watch on the senior-to-be back. 

“Wyoming said they want to see me in person so bad at Lindenwood that their head coach is taking a later flight on Saturday.” 

There are some schools that he knows he wants to camp at this month. 

“South Dakota, North Dakota State or Wyoming I know I want to go to,” he said. “I will probably try to go to Iowa also.”

Along with Wyoming, NDSU is another school that has shown significant interest.  

“The main ones that have shown me the most love are Wyoimng and NDSU,” he said. “Those are the main two that have been contacting me frequently and Facetimed. I have gotten some text messages from Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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