Ballou DE William Richardson picks up first offer from U-Conn.

Ballou junior defensive end William Richardson, who helped the Knights return to the relevance in the DCIAA last fall, has picked up his first scholarship offer from Connecticut.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Richardson received the offer during a 7-on-7 practice with his team earlier this month, he said. The junior established himself as one of the best two-way players in the city last season, where he started at both linebacker and tight end as the Knights finished 5-5 and made an appearance in the DCIAA playoffs.

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The Huskies have been trailing Richardson for a while, he said. He also has interest from Penn State, Clemson, North Carolina State and Kentucky, the latter of which netted a commitment from Ballou offensive tackle Levon Livingston earlier this spring.

Connecticut, which finished 3-9 last season, is recruiting Richardson to play either defensive end or middle linebacker.

“I was surprised. In a way, I felt like some weight was lifted off me… I was excited, but at the same time I have to remain humble,” Richardson. “This is just the first one, and I have more coming in the future.”

Richardson will schedule an unofficial visit to the school this summer, which will be part of a busy agenda. He also has one-day camps planned at Clemson, Kentucky and Old Dominion. Richardson has completed the Nike Football Training Camp and Rivals Camp Series in the District earlier this spring, which helped with exposure.

He also joined the track team for the first time, a decision which was rooted in football. Several of his teammates made the decision to join the team, Richardson said, and the work has kept the players in a routine throughout the spring. With his first offer, Richardson is the latest football player at the school to receive high-level attention under Knights’ Coach Jason Lane; Livingston chose Kentucky after an intense recruiting process and sophomore receiver Delontae Moore is looking to add to his Clemson offer with another solid summer.

“From my ninth grade year, the program has changed dramatically…. We didn’t have coaches coming to practice, coaches coming up to the school,” Richardson said. “Coach Lane has turned the program around.”

NUMBER CRUNCH: 35

The number of consecutive Interstate Athletic Conference wins Georgetown Prep’s baseball team held entered Saturday’s title game against St. Albans. The streak is now over thanks to a spirited effort from the Bulldogs’ pitching staff in a 4-1 win.

BREAKFAST LINKS

– John Travisano’s dominance at the faceoff X helped unbeaten Howard top Dulaney and advance to the Maryland 4A/3A boys’ lacrosse final.

– Marriotts Ridge is within one victory of its third 3A/2A girls lacrosse title in four years, after taking down Hereford in the semifinals this weekend.

– Georgetown Prep and Landon met in the IAC boys’ lacrosse title game for the 10th time in 12 years Saturday, with the Little Hoyas pulling out the title behind one of the most talented rosters in school history.

– Gonzaga’s varsity eight crew team continued its dominant run with a third straight win at the Stotesbury Cup in Philadelphia, while National Cathedral’s girls’ team finished second.

– After more than three hours and 330 pitches, Chesapeake found a way to get the job done against North Point in the Maryland 4A baseball playoffs Saturday.

– National Cathedral used a stellar defensive effort to get past Georgetown Visitation and win its second consecutive DCSAA softball championship Saturday.

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Girls’ Soccer: Briar Woods at Broad Run, 7:30 p.m.

Led by senior McKensey Ziegler (14 goals), the Falcons (7-2-1) look to spoil the regular-season finale for Broad Run (8-1-3) ahead of the start of next week’s playoffs.

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