JaVonte Richardson, a 4-star wide receiver out of Maple Heights High School in Ohio, announced Sunday on Twitter he has committed to the Kentucky Wildcats:
🙏🏽Blessed to Say that I Am Commited To The Univesity Of Kentucky 🐆💙💯 pic.twitter.com/V6VuuUCGul— JRich (@Jigg_Starter) March 27, 2016
247Sports' composite rankings list Richardson as the 10th-best prospect in the state of Ohio in the class of 2017. Richardson received five offers, including from the Michigan Wolverines, before committing to Kentucky.
247Sports' composite rankings also list Richardson as the 29th-best receiver and No. 227 overall, as well as the third-best receiver in Ohio. The two ahead of Richardson—fellow 4-star prospects Jaylen Harris and Danny Davis—have yet to choose their college destinations.
The Wildcats are in need of some offensive help, and it appears that'll be coming when Richardson arrives on campus. Listed at 6'4" and 210 pounds, Richardson is a tall body who could be of some assistance for a Wildcats team that's been ranked near the bottom half in scoring offense the last three years.
Kentucky receiver Dorian Baker, who will be a junior this year, led the Wildcats with 56 catches and three receiving touchdowns last season. Kentucky will have a chance to revamp its offense around Richardson in two years. Last year's starting quarterback, Patrick Towles, transferred to Boston College, and the only quarterback on the roster with playing experience is sophomore Drew Barker.
It could possibly be another down year for the Wildcats, especially in the crowded SEC. But Richardson's commitment could be the signing that turns Kentucky's fortunes around. It's still about a year away, but the Wildcats' future in football looks brighter than it did before.
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