Defensive playmaker

Arkansas is involved with a pair of Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards playmakers in tailback Michael Smith and cornerback Kent Richardson.

While many who follow University of Arkansas football recruiting know the name of Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards standout tailback Michael Smith, the Razorback staff would love it if they could land a daily double from the school.

That's because Rickards also has a top notch cornerback in Kent Richardson (6-0, 188, 4.5), who is in Fayetteville this weekend along with Smith for their official visits.

"I'm looking forward to meeting with the coaches and just finding out everything I can," Richardson said. "Arkansas has shown a high level of interest in me and that's impressed me. I'm looking for the opportunity to play and it seems like it is there."

Richardson, who had seven picks and over 80 tackles this season, has already visited West Virginia and had home visits this week from Arkansas recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn and Alabama head coach Mike Shula.

Those three schools join Iowa State as the four programs Richardson will choose from when he makes his choice. He will visit Alabama on Jan. 7-9 and likely visit Iowa State.

"Right now West Virginia is in the lead because it is the only school I have taken a visit to," Richardson said. "I did really like what I saw there."

Smith said his teammate gets it done on defense.

"As big a playmaker as I get credit for being on offense, he is that way on defense," Smith said. "If you throw his way, you are just asking for trouble."

While Smith has made no secret that he will likely commit to Arkansas following his visit, Richardson is in no hurry.

"I am going to take my time and make the right decision," Richardson said. "All these schools have great programs."


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