Patterson High School standout Dajon Richard follows the block of teammate Treylon Bennett during the Lumberjacks’ spring game against Cecilia at Patterson. Richard caught the eye of many college coaches at summer football camp with a scorching 4.30 second 40-yard dash.
—The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute
PHS' Richard shocks college coaches at camp
Patterson High School rising senior Dajon Richard darted into college football recruiting national spotlight this summer when he ran one of the fastest 40-yard dash times in the country.
Richard was already on many college programs’ big board after an outstanding junior season where he starred for the Lumberjacks at quarterback, running back, wide receiver and on defense.
He completed 24-of-51 passes for 447 yards and five touchdowns at quarterback while he rushed 156 times for 1,143 yards and 10 scores, and he caught 19 passes for 563 yards and six scores.
“As soon as I started watching the tape here, he jumped right off the screen,” first-year Patterson Coach Don Jones said. “He was the best player on the field in most games last year. He’s electric on the football field.”
But it was on the track this summer at a high school hopefuls football camp, designed to get college coaches’ eyes, that Richard ran a scorching 4.30 second 40-yard dash.
“They (the coaches) were shocked and I was shocked too but I played it off,” Richard said. “I put all the hard work in the weight room, the classroom and some other stuff I’ve been through into that run.
“I did it for my family. I’ve always wanted to get a football or academic scholarship so my parents didn’t have to pay for me to go school. They have done enough.”
Richard is already academically qualified to play college football in 2019 according to Patterson officials.
Richard camped at Tennessee, Tulane, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M, and the University of Houston.
“I have 12 offers right now. I have offers from Tulane, Texas-San Antonio, South Alabama, Middle Tennessee State, Howard University, Jackson State, Northwestern State, Southern U., Southeastern Louisiana, Alabama A&M, Southeast Missouri State,” he said.
Richard received an offer from the University of Kansas this week, the biggest school to officially due so.
“The major schools are sniffing around,” Patterson Offensive Coordinator C.L. Grogan said. “He has visits lined up with Alabama, Texas A&M, etc., and now that Kansas has offered, more majors will make their pitch.
“Some schools want to see him more at running back and others like him at receiver but trust me, I’m going to find as many ways as I can to get him the football. He will also return punts and kick offs.”
“It’s starting to get crazy but I just let my daddy and my mama deal with all the phone calls and stuff,” Richard said. “I’m just focusing on the season and I’m trying to reach some big team and personal goals. First, we gotta put Patterson back up where we belong,” he said. “Enough with the losing, I’m not built like that.”
Patterson was 6-5 last season but extended its longtime playoff streak.
“I’m also trying to get over 3,000 all-purpose and over 30 touchdowns. I just like to challenge myself so I’m going for mine,” he said
Patterson opens the season at the Morgan City Jamboree at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at Tiger Stadium in Morgan City.