Angelo Richardson, a wide receiver who was one of Arizona State’s most prized recruits, is in the intensive care unit of an Oakland, Calif., hospital after being wounded in a shooting incident last weekend.
Keith Simons, Richardson’s coach at Santa Rosa Junior College, said on Thursday the player was one of three men who were shot at or near a San Francisco-area nightclub on March 3. Richardson was hit once in the upper body but is expected to survive.
Richardson was walking to his car after leaving the nightclub when the incident occurred, said Simons, who added the other two men were not seriously injured.
Further details are sketchy, as an incident report from authorities was not available as of Thursday night.
Simons visited Richardson in the hospital on Tuesday and said that “his spirits are good, but he is in a lot of pain.” Asked if Richardson’s injuries threaten his playing career, the coach said, “I don’t know.”
ASU officials have not received many details, a school spokesman said.
In a statement, Sun Devils coach Dirk Koetter said, “Right now, our focus is on Angelo and his family. We hope he can make a full recovery. All our thoughts and prayers are with Angelo and his family.”
As a sophomore at Santa Rosa JC, Richardson led the country in catches (93), receiving yards (1,367) and touchdowns (18) and was an All-America selection last season. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder turned down scholarship offers from such schools as Southern California, Purdue and Arizona to sign with ASU.
A teammate of Sun Devils quarterback Sam Keller at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, Calif., Richardson has been counted on to help an offense that lost four receivers — including Derek Hagan, the Pac-10’s all-time leading pass catcher — to graduation.
It is the second straight spring a shooting incident has jolted the ASU football program. Last March, tailback Loren Wade was dismissed from the squad and charged with murder after former ASU player Brandon Falkner was killed outside a Scottsdale nightclub.