Patterson (LA) 2019 athlete Dajon Richard opened up his recruitment again earlier this month when he de-committed from UTSA. Where the speedster is likely to go is anyone’s guess at this point, according to his father, Tarrike Phillips.
“He is keeping everything secret from us, which was his plan from the beginning,” Phillips said. “He wants to surprise everybody. UCLA started talking to him this week. They wanted his ACT and GPA, which are 21 and 3.3.
“Houston is recruiting him, too. They wanted the same information as UCLA. I just got a text from Dajon that Navy may be about to offer him.”
Richard, who committed to UTSA during the summer, has reported offers from Kansas, Tulane, Middle Tennessee and a host of FCS schools. UTSA head coach Frank Wilson, a New Orleans native, is well-connected in Louisiana, having served as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at LSU.
“UCLA said he reminds them of Reggie Bush,” Phillips said. “Dajon just wants to play ball. He wants to play slot receiver or running back. He hasn’t set up any official visits set. We’re going to talk about that next month.
“Some schools want him to sign in December, but I think he’s going to wait. Education is the most important thing. He originally said he was going to major in business. Now, he’s talking about something different with his little brother, who is also a senior. They want to attend the same school.”
A few years ago, another Patterson athlete, Trevon Stewart, signed with Houston and had a sensational career with the Cougars.
Richard (5-10, 175) is doing a little bit of everything this year for Patterson, lining up at quarterback, running back and receiver.