k56sportsfan, you obviously know your stuff and I think when he gets back from
his mission he'll be playing at a bigtime program, at least at USU or Boise
St. where he wants to play.
In 20 years of evaluating Utah talent at the HS level for Div I teams around the
US, Mack Richards was the best combination of playmaking, hands, speed and route
running that I've evaluated.In the last 2 weeks, Ohio State (Urban
M.) and Iowa had Mack on their radars -- both of these Big 10 Teams compared him
to Wisconsin's Jared Abbredaris -- LDS Mission was their concern.BYU
did their typical thing -- pulled Mack out of class last week and made it sound
like it was honor for Mack to be offered "Preferred" Walk-On Status...
Seriously, if there was a kid that they could put up as their Poster Child
Recruit -- Richards is THAT kid. (But if I'm a receiver -- do I really want
to go there right now.)Utah had no scholarships, Utah St. missed out. This
kid will go on his LDS Mission, come back and let's see what happens.
Hawaii Football fan, Richards was struggling with an injury throughout the track
season and still performed well. It will be interesting to see how he competes
this spring. I don't think the coaching staff at Alta or at least the play
calling was an asset for him. He was under utilized in several big games. Play
calling was suspect all season. Just my $.02.
FB and plyxply: I think USU (and others) value "combine kids" more than
proven playmakers. Trinnaman is/was a combine beast! Looks like USU is counting
on those combine stats to turn Trinnaman into the playmaker they think he can
become. Richards is a great playmaker, but on paper he doesn't compare to
Trinnaman. Richards actually "qualified" for State in the 100M...
didn't make the final. However, his playmaking ability alone should have
drawn more interest. He had incredible support (Lucero, coaches) that made him
look really good. It would be interesting to see how some other speedsters
(Burt, Box Elder; Noll, Springville; Anderson, Stansbury) would have done with
I went to several Alta games over the past two years and Mack was hands down the
best receiver on the field this year or last. Handley is decent athlete, but I
would take a player like Mack any day. He catches almost everything thrown to
him! Lets see what happens after his mission.
Man, I saw this kid play 3 times and I can't believe the best he could do
was Hawaii! Granted, it's a D1 school and he's getting his education
paid for. But man, that program stinks! Utah State would have been a great
place for him. And he'd actually be in a winning program that looks to
have turned the corner finally. I wish him luck at Hawaii, but I know of
another Utah kid that went there and is looking at getting out after a horrible
experience there. He said his high school weight room was a better facility
than what they have at Hawaii!
I think of all the Alta wr's in the last two years they end up like
this.Harrison Handley Utah TE, will have a very good career and has
the skill set to be one of the best TE's in the pac 12.Ammon Barker -
Hawaii wr, he has all of the physical attributes and can make huge plays.
We'll see if he gets pt at Hawaii next year.Mack Richards - Hawaii
wr, he'll go on a mission and come back and play at USU or Boise State.
USU was low on schollys this season so maybe when he gets back they'll have
money for him.Logan Harrison - Will choose between several east coast
teams including Harvard if he can get his ACT up high enough. He's an
academic scholarship kid already so we'll see, but rumor has it he'll
end up at USU after his mission.That's 4 pretty good wr's the
past two seasons, let's hope it works out for all of them.
I think you are spot on plyxply. Big play after Big play. As far as speed, he
and the Trinamann kid from AF were the fastest kids in the Utah camp and he
qualified into the Finals of the State 100 Meter despite a nagging hip injury.
Disappointed in Both Aggies & Coogs...
I agree adwight, Richards was as big a playmaker as we had in the state and the
Cougars said he wasn't fast enough. Guess popinga forgot to look at who he
had on the roster, Richards is as good as all but two of their current
wr's. Utah would've offered him but they wanted him playing defense.
What kills me is that USU didn't offer him. They really did miss the boat
on Richards. Alta's other wr is going to USU but not Richards, i
don't get it Aggies. I get that BYU is thinking he shou
Crazy that neither BYU nor Utah seem to be even looking at this kid. He is a
very solid receiver who knows how to get open, something BYU receivers lack
severely (other than Hoffman).