CCA's Richardson headed to La. College
Tue. March 05, 2013 at 10:50 a.m. | By Kelly McElroy/Staff Writer
Covenant Christian Academy senior defensive lineman Sean Richardson signed to play with Division III Louisiana College in Pineville.
Covenant Christian Academy football coach and administrator Blyght Wunstell has often said players within the Lions program are cared for beyond the football field by their coaches.
So when it came a time to pick a place to play college football, CCA senior defensive lineman Sean Richardson said, he went with a school that gave him that same sort of feeling.
On Friday at CCA, Richardson (6-foot-3, 265 pounds) signed to play with Division III Louisiana College in Pineville.
"I felt comfortable there," Richardson said. "It's not too far from home. It's a Christian private school. The coaches just don't want you to go there for football, they are going to get you to graduate and be successful in life."
Richardson also had interest from Elizabeth City, Delta State, Southwestern Oklahoma, Harding, Southern Arkansas, Arkansas-Monticello, Wardolf College (offer), Siena Heights (offer) and Graceland (offer), but decided to go with the Wildcats, coached by former Evangel High School coach Dennis Dunn, who in six seasons at Louisiana College has a 45-23 overall record.
Dunn, who was 200-39 in 14 seasons at Evangel and who won nine state titles, has also helped 93 percent of his players graduate and was the American Southwest Conference Coach of the Year last season.
Numerous Louisiana College players also received postseason honors last season.
"When Coach Dunn got there, the program was struggling," Wunstell said. "They didn't know if it would stay afloat, but he is in his seventh year now, and they were ranked (23rd) in the nation in Division III after last season. They are in a tough conference, and they are moving in the right direction. Besides just coaching the kids, they look after the kids. They make sure they graduate and care for them. Our kids are used to that here at CCA. I think it's a really good fit for Sean."
Last season, the Wildcats, who also feature a junior-varsity program, went 8-3 overall, 6-1 in the American Southwest Conference and made the first round of the Division III playoffs where they fell to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor.
It was the first time the program reached the Division III playoffs.
Wunstell said Richardson has all the tools to succeed at Louisiana College.
"LC is getting a good student-athlete," Wunstell said. "Sean came here in ninth grade and never played football but worked to get better and better. He is a fine young man and disciplined enough to make the grades and make the ACT score.
"To go to a school like Louisiana College, you have to be a good student. He has a good head on his shoulders and knows what he wants to do in life. I think Coach Dunn and his staff are getting a good football player and an excellent young man."
Former CCA football player Robbie Arabie signed with Louisiana College last year.