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OSU football recruiting: Defense will become a full-time job for high school quarterback Ramon Richards

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, Published: January 31, 2014

Ramon Richards kept a part-time job on the Brackenridge (Texas) football team: defensive back.

He'll be shifting to full-time status at Oklahoma State.

A talented prep quarterback, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Richards projects as a safety with the Cowboys, where his playmaking skills will be put in play in a different way.

The mental adjustment should be smooth for Richards, who ranks in the top six percent of his class at Brackenridge – a Class 4A school in the San Antonio area – and had the likes of Harvard and Yale checking in on his interest in an Ivy League education.

Richards appreciates the value of an education, too, after a concussion cut into his availability with the Mighty Eagles late in the season. He did return, just in time for the playoffs, and passed for 279 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, albeit in a loss.

In a story in the San Antonio Express-News, Richards talked about wanting to be a role model and the opportunity football allows him in providing a platform. At a time when head hits are a major storyline from the NFL on down, Richards said the tradeoff is acceptable.

“Concussions and injuries are risks we all have to take,” he said. “As scary as it was, I'm not scared.

“Football is still worth the risk to me.”

At OSU, Richards will go from being a target to being the one focusing the crosshairs.

It's a role he's not used to, but one he's ready for.

“I've only been on the field on ‘D' for part of the game, so it's really (been) more like a part-time job,” he said. “In college, I'll be taking a full-time job (there).”