Coach Spotlight: Jeremy Richardson

Jeremy Richardson, three-star wide receiver from Springville, Ala., decided to put an end to the recruiting process Friday by giving a commitment to the Auburn Tigers. Springville head coach Keith Maple talked about his star prospect.

"He is a game-breaker," coach Keith Maple said. "He does several things very good. If you get him the football he is going to score really quick. He is a phenomenal athlete. He can just do so many things."

"Jeremy is a better than average athlete. He is 6-foot-4, 215-pounds and runs a sub 4.5-40. There are a lot of DBs [defensive backs] out there that don't like hitting him."

"Not a lot of people get to coach a player like Jeremy Richardson. I am fortunate enough to have two D-I prospects on my team [Chase Hughes]. I am proud to have a chance to coach them."

Coach Maple talked about what separates Richardson from most high school receivers.

"He has great speed, and the ability to catch the football," he said. "Most defensive backs in college aren't 6-foot-4, 215-pounds. Most are in the range of 5-foot-10, 170-pounds. He has a great size advantage. He has great hands and can always make things happen."

Coach Maple had a tough time answering when asked what Richardson could improve before arriving at the next level. He is more than impressed with his offensive playmaker.

"You're always looking to get better," he said. "There is never a day you can take off. I would say he needs to develop himself. He is such a phenomenal athlete."

"He is a great baseball and basketball player. He is a great track guy. He is phenomenal at everything he does. Not much right now he can improve."

"He works hard in the weight room and practice field. He has all the intangibles. He has been through so much in his life at 18 years old."

Richardson has dealt with too many situations off the field in his young life.

"Jeremy is one of the kindest kids you will ever meet," Maple said. "He lost his mother and grandmother. His grandfather just had surgery. He has had to handle a lot of adult responsibilities. The recruiting process has been tough because he is such a shy kid."

"He isn't very verbal on the football team, but the way he displays himself on the field, in the locker room and on the practice field is his leadership role."

"He had more deaths in his life than I have, and I am 39 years old. He is handling himself real well with the recruiting process."

Coach Maple talked about the type of player the Auburn Tigers received in Richardson.

"They got a great player," he said. "He is one of the best I have been around. I had Patrick Hanrahan who is at Mississippi State, and Matt Caddell who played at Alabama. I knew when I saw him as a seventh grader he had a great chance to be special."

"I told him last year he has an opportunity to play on Sunday. I knew back then we had a special young man. They are getting a great, phenomenal football player along with a great young man."

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