The Kentucky Wildcats have scored a big-time commitment in the class of 2017.
It comes in the form of four-star wide receiver JaVonte Richardson, who announced his pledge to UK on Easter Sunday:
Blessed to Say that I Am Commited To The Univesity Of Kentucky pic.twitter.com/V6VuuUCGul— JRich (@Jigg_Starter) March 27, 2016
Richardson visited over the weekend as UK tight end coach Vince Marrow was his lead recruiter and ultimately was able to get another big commit from the Buckeye State. Speaking of, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been heavily involved with Richardson, though have yet to offer him.
The Maple Heights High School (Ohio) star is listed at 6-4 and 210 pounds while holding offers from Michigan, Syracuse, Illinois, Purdue and Bowling Green among others. Miami (FL), Florida and Michigan State have also recruited Richardson, who's been playing multiple positions in high school, but will play receiver in college.
247 Sports composite rates Richardson as the nation's No. 29 wide receiver and 10th-best prospect from Ohio. Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 84 recruit in the entire class of 2017 and the No. 2 recruit in Ohio. Needless to say, Richardson is easily one of the biggest 2017 commitments UK has scored thus far in what's shaping up to be another great class.
STRENGTHS: Tall with great length and good bulk. Possesses good foot quickness. Very good route runner who can separate in man and find soft spots in zone. Has strong hands, good leaping ability and the body control to make difficult catches. Fearless over the middle and powers through arm tackles. Willing blocker in the run game. ...
AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT: Does not have elite top-end speed or an explosive first step. Lacks the wiggle to consistently make defenders miss after the catch. Needs to polish his blocking skills. ...
BOTTOM LINE: Richardson has a very impressive blend of size, strength and speed. Although he is not exactly a burner, he is a possession receiver that should be able to move the chains. He also had the potential to be a weapon in the redzone.
And here are some highlights of Richardson in action: