In-State Prospect Visits AU Football Practice

A rising senior in-state defensive prospect discusses his interest in the Tigers.

Northport, Ala.--Cornelius Richards is hoping to follow an outstanding junior season with a big senior performance for Tuscaloosa County High, which is expected to have one of the top Class 6A football teams in the state this fall.

Richards, who was one of the more impressive defensive backs at an Auburn camp earlier this summer, took an unofficial visit to the AU campus with his father to check out a practice for Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers.

"I came over for the day," Richards tells Inside the Auburn Tigers "I saw a lot of interesting things at the the practice. They work hard and they don't let anybody slack off."

The 6-1, 175-pounder plays both cornerback and safety plus he is a return man. "I like playing cornerback the best," he notes.

Richards says he can run a sub 4.5 40-yard dash. He finished sixth in the state track meet for Class 6A in May with a time of 11.14 for the 100 meters.

On the football field last fall in was in on 79 tackles, with 56 being solo stops. He intercepted two passes and recovered three fumbles.

Richards notes that he is still waiting on his first scholarship offer, but says he is sure the Tigers are interested. "Auburn is recruiting me hard," he says. "Coach Tuberville told me he is going to watch me play."

The Tuscaloosa County High Wildcats will open their season on August 29th vs. Gadsden City, a team loaded with prospects including a couple he may be covering--wide receiver Kendall Kelly and tight end Darrell Smith.

Richards, who notes that his team should be strong again in 2008, says he is looking forward to the opening night challenge.

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