Football Recruit Changes Visit Schedule

This highly regarded high school seniors discusses his interest in the Auburn football Tigers.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--Just because big defensive end Vladimir Richard is not making a visit originally scheduled for Auburn this weekend, don't think the Tigers have lost interest or he has lost interest in the Tigers.

"I had to reschedule my trip to Auburn," the 6-4, 270-pounder from Piper High School says. "With the holidays I have family obligations so I am not going to make any more recruiting trips until January."

Richard, who has already visited Tennessee and North Carolina State, is also considering Georgia, Ohio State and Pitt. Earlier, he committed to Florida when Ron Zook was the head coach, but is not mentioning the Gators as one of his favorites. He is also being recruited by FSU, Clemson and others.

Richard says he is definitely interested in the Tigers, who sent in three Auburn coaches to visit him this week--running backs Eddie Gran, who recruits in south Florida, along with defensive ends coach Terry Price and defensive tackles coach Don Dunn.

Vladimir Richard

"They told me they are very interested in putting me on the field along with Stanley McClover," Richard says. "They said that would be something to see if they could do that."

McClover recently won a variety of Freshman All-SEC honors in his first season on the field for the Tigers. McClover played his high school football at Dillard in Fort Lauderdale, not far from Piper High. "I don't know Stanley well, but I know who he is," Richard says.

In the past Richard has played basketball, but he is bypassing that sport his senior season to concentrate on recruiting and continuing to train for his college football future. The big defensive end says he likes the way the Tigers play defense and is looking forward to checking out Auburn after the Tigers wrap up their season trying to remain unbeaten as they play Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl.

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