The 6'0" 180 lb. Richards is from Long Beach, California and will graduate from Woodrow Wilson High School in 2013. He will attend Cal State Fullerton in the fall. Richards was recently ranked second on ESPN's Class of 2013 Middle infielder prospects. In his sophomore season at Wilson, he batted .455 with 25 hits and 18 RBIs. As a Junior, he hit .233 with 20 hits and 9 RBIs.