The Oklahoman's Super 30: Healthy LaRone Richardson back on track for McGuinness

By Robert Przybylo Published: June 9, 2010
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If you saw Bishop McGuinness running back LaRone Richardson perform at the team camp at Edmond North last week, it's befuddling why the Irish star doesn't have any offers yet.

But they'll come.

A perfect blend of speed and toughness — Richardson won't go unnoticed for much longer.

He showed the toughness to run between the tackles and a burst to the outside where nobody will catch him.

Richardson is in no rush and isn't in panic mode regarding his future. He knows when he's healthy, he's among the most talented players in the state.

It's that potential that has Irish supporters excited about the fall, and it's the potential that puts him at No. 29 on The Oklahoman's list of the top 30 football recruits in Oklahoma for 2011.

However, it's his health that has him playing catch up. Richardson exploded onto the scene his sophomore season, helping the Irish to the Class 4A championship game.

Coming into last year, he was expected to lead McGuinness and was one reason why opposing coaches didn't expect the Irish to drop.

Richardson's junior year didn't turn out to be that star-making year. Instead, it was a year of frustration marked by nagging injuries.

"It just messed me up. I wasn't able to do what I know I can do,” Richardson said.