High school football: Alta receiver Mack Richards commits to Hawaii

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  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 11:19 p.m.

    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.

  • k56sportsfan Draper, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 6:08 a.m.

    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.

  • Croughton1987 Utah, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 3:17 p.m.

    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.

  • Hawaii football fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    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 similar support.

  • Croughton1987 Utah, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    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.

  • Gunner South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    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!

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Dec. 16, 2013 11:48 p.m.

    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.

  • FBFreak ,
    Dec. 16, 2013 5:02 p.m.

    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...

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Dec. 16, 2013 3:18 p.m.

    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

  • adwight AMERICAN FORK, UT
    Dec. 15, 2013 6:42 a.m.

    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).