CU football coach Dan Hawkins.
CU football coach Dan Hawkins. ( Charlie Neibergall )

Colorado coach Dan Hawkins is considering adding a player to the 2010 recruiting class who was recently kicked off the UCLA roster after a June arrest for felony theft.

Paul Richardson, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound freshman wide receiver, and two fellow freshmen teammates at UCLA -- defensive end Josh Shirley and wide receiver Shaquille Richardson -- were arrested for allegedly stealing a purse.

Former Colorado coach Rick Neuheisel, now the head coach at UCLA, dismissed all three players from his program. That action nullified each of their national letters of intent and made each a recruitable prospect once again. Shirley already has signed to play at Washington this fall. Shaquille Richardson is considering Arizona and Arizona State. The two Richardson's are cousins.

Paul Richardson, who was recruited throughout his junior and senior years in high school by Colorado coaches, is scheduled to appear in court on Monday and could make a trip to Colorado on Tuesday if the charge against him is significantly reduced or dropped.

His father, Paul Richardson Sr., a former UCLA football player, said Friday that is what he is hoping happens with his son's case.

"All the schools involved have that information and that's where it's leading and that's why these kids are in position to get that second opportunity and learn from this situation that they got themselves in and to learn from it and never repeat any type of behavior like that, ever," Richardson Sr. said.


A CU source said Richardson would not be allowed to come to CU if a felony charge stands.

Richardson was rated a four-star recruit in the 2010 cycle by each of the major recruiting services. ranked him the 22nd best wide receiver in the nation.

While he was being recruited last fall, Richardson cited his relationship with running backs coach Darian Hagan as one reason he was considering the school. He also has a former high school teammate already on the roster in Boulder.

Richardson caught passes during his junior season from Clark Evans, who came to CU in 2009 as a quarterback but has since moved to tight end.

"I would like to go where I know someone that could take me under their wing and that's what I like about Colorado because Clark Evans is there," Richardson told in November. "Clark and I are real good friends and when I spoke to him a couple weeks ago, he really likes it there."

If Richardson ends up at Colorado, he would be the second wide receiver in a week to come to Boulder from trouble in a Pac-10 Conference program. Travon Patterson is in Boulder and is in the final stages of completing his transfer from USC, which was hit hard with NCAA sanctions earlier this summer.

Those penalties allow USC juniors and seniors to transfer anywhere in the nation this year and next without having to sit out the customary redshirt year. A CU source said Hawkins and his staff could bring several more Trojans to Boulder at some point in the coming weeks or months.

The NCAA penalized USC after an investigation found former Heisman Trophy winning running back Reggie Bush received improper benefits during his time at the school.


Three Buffs on preseason team

Colorado wide receiver Toney Clemons was named Big 12 Conference newcomer of the year Thursday when the league announced the preseason All-Conference team as chosen by 26 members of the media who cover the conference.

Clemons is a transfer from Michigan who sat out last season and will be a junior this fall.

CU offensive linemen Nate Solder and Ryan Miller also earned spots on the team. Solder was expected to be on the team after earning first-team recognition from the league's coaches last season. Miller, who has battled injuries and inconsistency during his career in Boulder, was a bit of a surprise.



DeLuca headed to UMass

Assistant Athletic Director for Major Gifts with the Buff Club Rocko DeLuca is leaving CU to join the athletic department at the University of Massachusetts.

UMass Director of Athletics John McCutcheon named DeLuca the Associate Athletic Director/Director of Development for Athletics. DeLuca will be responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive plan for department fundraising.

DeLuca spent the last eight years at Colorado. Most recently, he oversaw major gifts, capital projects and the annual fund for the Buff Club.