The 2013 quarterback class in the state of Florida is a bit of an enigma.
There are plenty of FBS prospects, but no one player truly stands out as a sure-fire, blue-chipper.
Winter Park’s Asiantii Woulard, a USF commit, might be the closest thing to that, but he has just one year of experience playing the position.
Recent Houston commit John O’Korn was primarily a backup last season at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, while Cincinnati pledge and Orlando Boone High prospect Alton Meeks is regarded by many as a better linebacker.
But of all the raw quarterbacks the Sunshine State has to offer this year, no signal caller has more hit or miss potential than Seffner Armwood’s Darryl Richardson.
Richardson (6-5, 230) just looks the part. He is big, nimble and effortlessly chucks the ball down field.
In fact, he probably has the strongest arm in the state.
“My arm, it’s decent,” Richardson said with a chuckle. “I can get it there, really.”
So far, USF, Ole Miss, Missouri and Tennessee have been impressed with Richardson’s arm strength and have extended scholarship offers. Richardson said USF and Missouri standout right now.
Despite his short yet quality offer sheet, Richardson remains a risk for colleges
He’s still unrefined and unproven to large degree.
Richardson has little experience playing quarterback and needs to work on his decision-making throughout the next season. He has only played quarterback for three years because he previously preferred playing on defense and doing the hitting, as opposed to taking punishment.
“Ever since I was little I always had an arm, but I didn’t want to get hit,” Richardson said. “So I decided I wanted to play quarterback in eighth grade, so it picked up then.”
His fear of taking hits was justified during the 2011 season, his first with Armwood after transferring from Tampa Bay Tech.
As a junior, Richardson missed nearly half of Armwood’s 15 games because of various injuries that included a ruptured bursa sac in his right knee and a dinged-up throwing shoulder.
He finished with 751 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns and four interceptions
Although he took his lumps last season, Richardson said he’s no longer afraid of taking big hits.
“I got used to it,” he said.
Although he has a world of potential, Richardson must become a more consistent passer and stay healthy for colleges to look at him as more than a project player, a notion he is well aware of.
“Right now, I’m not where I want to be,” Richardson said. “I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied until I’m at the next level.”