It makes absolutely no sense to me why Shaun Pratl, Richards' 6-7, 230-pound tight end, hasn't received a single scholarship offer from a major Division I school. Not one.
Pratl, in my view is one of the top 25 tight ends in the nation. There is no question in my mind that he can play in the Big Ten. He has great size, can run 40 yards in 4.7 seconds and can catch the ball.
There may be some reasons why college football coaches have been reluctant to extend any offers. For one thing, there was some question whether Pratl wanted to play football or basketball in college. He is an outstanding basketball player. But he has made it clear that he wants to concentrate on football.
There also was a report that Pratl wanted to play tight end in college but several recruiters had mentioned that they wanted to put 40 to 50 pounds on his big frame and convert him into an offensive tackle. The youngster doesn't want to do that.
Finally, Pratl contracted mononucleosis in the spring and was unable to participate in any camps. Hence, he didn't get any exposure to college coaches.
Now that Pratl has had a chance to set the record straight, it is a good bet that he will receive many offers in the fall.