Richmond returns to Tuscaloosa

Drew Richmond admits that visits to his top schools at this point don’t provide many new elements, so his latest round of visits have been about getting his parents acclimated to potential college homes. On Saturday, the four-star offensive tackle introduced his father to the University of Alabama.

One of the most familiar out-of-state prospects on Alabama’s radar in the 2015 cycle, Drew Richmond knows the ins and outs of Tuscaloosa as well as any senior talent.

The four-star offensive tackle prospect out of Memphis (Tenn.) University School made yet another trip to campus for an unofficial visit on Saturday, while Nick Saban hit the early strides in preseason camp with his current Crimson Tide roster.

The champion coach reiterated how much of a priority the nation’s No. 151 overall prospect is to UA’s class.

“It went good, just being there, I just wanted to visit again and I really enjoyed it,” Richmond said. “I talked to Coach Saban, he just told me he’s been recruiting me for two years now. He feels like I can come in and play and be something to mess with.

“They’ve got guys, but some of them may be better guards, even though they’re playing tackle. They’re saying if I come in and handle my business, they want to kick the tackles into guards. But that’s if I handle my business.“

Naturally, the 6-foot-6, 320-pounder kept an eye on his future position in taking in the camp sessions.

“They want me to play right (tackle), then move to left,” he said. “I just know the guys at the school, I’m real familiar with it and with Tuscaloosa. They were getting after it. I’m captivated by Cam’s ability. Cam Robinson is really good, and Joshua Casher is my boy and he’s really good as well. All you really see is the guys in the mainstream; I’ve never analyzed what makes those guys better though.”

While checking in on friends is always important to any recruit, his parents’ satisfaction with potential schools is even more vital to the eventual choice. The latter is the true reason he made the trip from Memphis.

“The visits I’m going on are for my parents, my dad was with me this time,” Richmond said. “He really enjoyed it, he wanted to visit himself and he enjoyed the coaches, it was his first time. He just enjoyed the strength and nutrition part of it, the most.”

With the elder Richmond seemingly in approval of Alabama, combined with Saban’s approach and the standout’s familiarity, it’s safe to say the Crimson Tide will be players for his September 9 commitment all the way through. However, he hasn’t officially trimmed his list from 10 programs, and he’ll unofficially see one more before his verbal is publicly given.

“I have one more visit left, August 16th to Ole Miss, then I’m off of social media and everything,” he said. “No more interviews, I’ll Tweet out our PR lady’s information, but that will be it. I’m off the scene until September 9.”

Richmond, tabbed the No. 12 offensive tackle in America by Scout, reiterated that he will take multiple official visits after his commitment date. Still, any destinations for paid trips remain unknown by his camp.

Clips from Richmond at Nike’s The Opening in July are available below.


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