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Judge rules that Richmond is right for him

Posted Saturday, September 27, 2008 by www.delcotimes.com
09/26/2008
H.S. Football: Judge rules that Richmond is right for him
By: Anthony J. SanFilippo , www.delcotimes.com

Dan Judge paid a visit to the University of Richmond based on a recommendation by his high school counselor at The Haverford School. So he enrolled in a football camp there and took the drive down. It was a one-day passing camp. It lasted all of five hours. But they may have been the most important five hours of his young life.

In that short period of time, Judge knew that's where he wanted to go to school.
It didn't matter that his grades were so good that he could have chosen to attend any of the eight Ivy League schools. He fell in love with Richmond, and that's where he's headed.
Judge, a three-year starter at quarterback for the Fords, committed to the Spiders Thursday despite interest from Harvard, Penn, Dartmouth and Princeton.

"When I was checking out colleges the ones I looked at had to be both excellent academically and athletically," said Judge. "Richmond was the best of both worlds. I wanted to play at the highest level possible."  It doesn't get much higher than Richmond, which is currently ranked No. 1 in the country in the latest FCS coaches poll.  "They weren't ranked No. 1 two weeks ago when I made up my mind," said Judge. "I guess that makes me sound pretty smart."

Haverford School coach Mike Murphy, who groomed Judge for just this opportunity, feels his quarterback made a great choice and that Richmond will be a perfect fit.
"I think they're getting a quarterback whose best days are ahead of him," said Murphy. "In some ways, the system we're running now is just tapping into what he can do throwing the football.   "We have an opportunity for him to spread it around. He's truly a dual threat."

In three seasons and counting, Judge has thrown for 1,743 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing 284 times for 846 yards and 13 scores.  Richmond is coming to town Saturday to take on Villanova and Judge wants to be there for what he hopes will be another Spiders victory. But he has to win a game on his own first.

"Our game (Haverford School) starts at 2 p.m.," he said. "I've got to go out and win that one and then make it to Villanova in time to catch the second half."

Daily Times deputy editor John Lohn contributed to this report
 

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