Wellington, Fla.--One of the top high school football athletes in the country, four-star Ahmmon Richards is rated as the No. 1 player at his position in talent-rich Florida. That has meant colleges from all over the country have been recruiting the 6-2, 171-pounder. This weekend he’ll get an opportunity to see one of his favorites when he travels to Auburn to check out Gus Malzahn’s program as the Tigers take on Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
“I’m really looking forward to getting to know the coaches a little more,” Richards said of his visit. “Also, I just can’t wait to experience this basically. I have heard a lot about the Iron Bowl. I have heard it’s crazy so I just want to experience it for myself. That’s one of the big reasons why I chose this game because I know it’s a huge game.”
Already familiar with Auburn defensive coaches Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson after camping at Florida as a young player, Richards said he’s been talking with offensive assistants Scott Fountain and Dameyune Craig after being recruited on that side of the ball by the Tigers.
“They are telling me that at Auburn there is basically a chance to come in and play early,” Richards said of a receiving corps that is losing seniors Ricardo Louis and Melvin Ray. “Basically, they said they see me fitting in well in their offense. I like getting the ball in different ways like jet sweeps, underneath routes and deep routes.”
Originally committed to Miami, Richards backed off that decision following the firing of Al Golden by the Hurricanes. Opening things back up meant a visit to Alabama, which put the Crimson Tide on top for him. Still with plans to take several more trips in January to Miami, Ohio State, and Alabama with Tennessee also a possibility, Richards said while Alabama is on top he’s still very much in the fact-finding portion of his recruiting.
“They are (number one) right now, but anything can change,” Richards said. “I’m just enjoying the process now. I just had to keep it honest with people. I just named them my leader a few weeks ago.”
With a tentative decision date of national signing day, Richards said that’s not set in stone at the moment because if the right school comes to the forefront he’s prepared to make his choice at any time. As for what it will take for some program to win him out he said there are several things he’s looking for in his future school.
“Playing time,” Richards said is one thing that is big to him. ”I want to get on the field early so that’s a big factor. I would also say the coaching staff and if they really care about me. Also the players on the team, I just want to go somewhere that is family-oriented and where they really care about the players. I want to feel like I’m at home somewhere else, a home away from home.”