(Isaiah Richmond 6-6 235 Jr. TE/DE) Skyline HS
Skyline High School in Sammamish (Wa.) has been known over the past few years for having great quarterbacks and receivers, but the tight end position hasn’t seemed to be a featured part of their offense. This might be the year that changes as USC-bound QB Max Browne will have a 6’6”, 231 pound specimen by the name of Isaiah Richmond at his disposal.
“I started last season playing mainly on defense, but as the season went on, I played more offense and then toward the end of the year they gave me more and more opportunities to run routes and stuff like that,” Richmond told Northwest Elite Index after Sunday’s Barton Combine at Issaquah High School. “This year I definitely hope to make more of an impact and that’s something I’m working toward and looking forward to.”
As a junior this past fall, Richmond posted one reception for 12 yards on offense while notching 12 tackles and two sacks in limited reps on defense. The limited numbers might seem surprising given his outstanding size, speed and athleticism to go along with his soft hands, but then when you find out he’s only played one year of organized football, you can see he possesses a tremendous amount of upside.
“I didn’t play football until this year because I mainly focused on basketball,” Richmond said. “I found out though, that I love football a lot, probably more than basketball. I just love the physicality of it. I always got a lot of fouls in basketball, but in football, you can hit guys. I love that.”
Because he has very limited football experience, schools have taken a “wait and see” approach with him, but several have still shown him he’s on their radar and that they will be keeping an eye on him this summer and fall.
“I’ve talked to a couple of schools that have been by,” Richmond said. “Most of them have been Pac 12 teams – Colorado, UCLA, Washington State – and Nevada too. All of them want to see more of me and what I can do. I’ll do camps this summer and then I’m sure I’ll have to show what I can do in games this year and I’m ready to do it.”
We will have more on Richmond in the coming weeks and months as he prepares for a very important senior season.