Paul Richardson verbally commits to UCLA

Gardena Serra wide receiver Paul Richardson verbally committed to UCLA today, after de-committing in the spring.

Here’s his bio: Richardson

And a full story after the jump…

In the end, yes, it was family that brought Paul Richardson to UCLA.
But not father, Paul Richardson, Sr., who played for the Bruins.

Not cousin, Shaquille, a defensive back from Los Alamitos who verbally committed to the team on Dec. 7.

But his 12-year old twin brothers.

“I remember (Shaquille) saying, ‘Just think about it, you can’t beat seeing your little brothers on the field before every home game,'” Richardson said.

So maybe in the end, Shaquille did have a little sway.

Paul Richardson committed to UCLA on Wednesday night, after de-committing to the team – which he had originally committed to late last year – in the spring. Richardson, out of Gardena Serra, which recently defeated Oaks Christian, 42-41, in overtime to win the CIF Northwest Division championship, is the No. 28 wideout prospect in the country by

“With Terrence Austin leaving and the few other spots opening, I feel like I can come in work hard and play early,” Richardson said. “What I bring to the team is just my catching ability and my route-running. I’m not blazing. I’m a 4.4 kid but I’m not blazing. But running around and catching the ball is something not everyone is great at.”

Richardson was also swayed by UCLA’s slight resurgence this season, as the Bruins bounced back from a 3-5 start to become bowl eligible, playing against Temple in the EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29.

“UCLA has a very promising near-future,” Richardson said. “That’s the best way I can put it. They let some games slip out of their hands. But ultimately those games, we’re going to win. When I get there this summer, I plan on coming in and everybody pushing each other and we’ll make up for what we didn’t do last season. We’re gonna have a better season, we’re gonna win those games and we’re gonna have a better record.”

Richardson emphasized that he did not decommit from UCLA because of his feelings for the Bruins, but rather because he drew heated interest from other major programs, and felt like he should at least hear them out.

“I de-committed from UCLA not because I didn’t want to have anything to do with them, I just felt like when I was talking to the ASUs, the Oregons, the Nebraskas, the Miamis, I just didn’t feel genuine,” Richardson said. “Bringing me back, the conversation with my cousin telling that I could see my brother on the field before every game meant everything to me.”

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  • BruinFaithful

    Great kid and Bruin Legacy. Welcome to the Bruin family at the highest level, as a member of the team.

  • Anonymous

    Damn he’s the third best receiver on his HS team…too bad we couldn’t have gotten one of the other WR’s on the team.

  • Anonymous

    George Farmer (Serra’s “#2” in terms of stats) is only a Junior. This is a good get.

  • Anonymous

    hes the 3rd best receiver, but they are all 3 studs. robert woods is a super stud, and george farmer is a super stud also, and is just a junior. this is a big get! keep bringing em in coach!

  • MaltBaa

    trust me … things arent over yet for woods.. def still up for grabs…

    side note, i played basketball with nick montana and trey smith tonight.. and smith is a must get next year.. dude is a stud, yeah i could tell just by balling with him

  • Anonymous

    He’s rated as the #28 WR…doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. Maybe he will be able to a little bit of time in his junior and senior years.

  • Fan4Life

    Richardson’s strengths are his hands and route running. That tends to get you on the field faster than say…elite speed. I would expect a year to RS to get him bigger and if he is truthful about his 4.4, he should be a contributor sooner than later.

    From this point on, I would rather UCLA get elite DLs or elite DEs who can become DLs than elite WRs (Woods, Riley, etc).


    Jon is this the silent commit you mentioned in a Q&A the other week?

  • VB’s junior college transcript

    How was your first semester @ UCI buddy??

  • Watty

    LOL – owned…

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Is giving this kid a scholarship a way to get to Robert Woods?

  • BruinFaithful

    Anon @ 2:10:

    Your contention is ridiculous. This kid is very talented, a UCLA legacy, and would have been ranked much higher if not for nagging high ankle sprain injuries over the last 3 years. He has legit 4.4 speed, great hands, and runs great routes. If I had to be greedy with a wish list, I would like him to be taller.

    Thus, we wanted this kid from the get, without any Woods tie in. He is that good.

  • BruinFaithful


    Again, you’re an idiot. Your comments have consistently proven such. You are a mark. I don’t even know why you continue to come here and comment and subject yourself to so much supposed disappointment.

    This kid wants to come to UCLA for MANY reasons. Remember, his father played at UCLA, his whole family have been lifetime Bruin fans, his cousin is coming, the location, the exposure, the academics, the system is Pro Style, NFL coaches, a chance to play early, and on and on. This kid has consistently wanted to come to UCLA. He only decommited briefy so he could take some trips and see what else is out there without feeling like he was cheating on UCLA. If he solely wanted to stay home, couldn’t he have gone to SUC you moron?

    And please don’t post your phone number, as I have NO desire to debate you on the phone.

    Remember, it’s better to say nothing and have people think you are stupid, rather than speak and remove all doubt.

  • El Maton

    bruinfaithful you are wrong on one point…he couldnt have stayed home and gone to USC because they never recruited him and never had a scholarship offer, still a good player none-the-less.

    if i remember correctly, he transferred to Serra this year, i may be wrong though. but i do know that his decision has no barring on Robert Woods. but where Woods goes will have a impact on George Farmer!!!