Auburn Means Family For Richardson

Auburn commitment Jeremy Richardson talks about his visit to the Plains and why his relationship with the coaches and players is so important to him.

Springville, Ala.--A top wide receiver prospect and a physical wide receiver, Jeremy Richardson has been a solid commitment to the Auburn Tigers since early in the recruiting process for 2010. Over the weekend the 6-4 wide receiver took his official visit to check out coach Gene Chizik's program and he said he enjoyed the chance to see more of his future home.

"I had a good time down there," Richardson said. "I got to see a lot of recruits and guys that I've never met before. We all got along and had a good time. I got to know them. Overall I had a good time. I'm just ready for signing day to come and then get down there."

Already very familiar with Auburn's coaching staff from his time spent on unofficial visits and through phone calls, Richardson said the weekend gave him even more of a chance to bond with Gus Malzahn, Trooper Taylor, and the rest of the staff.

"It's nice," Richardson said. "Every time I go down there I talk to the coaches so it's not a new thing. They always give me some new information when I go down there. I like that."

Hosted by Auburn freshman running back Onterio McCalebb, Richardson said he enjoyed his time with the speedster and said the highlight of the weekend for him was just the interaction among all the players on campus.

"Getting to hang out with all the players was probably the best thing for me," Richardson said. "I got to bond with them and got to know what they were all about and how they have fun. They pretty much do what me and my friends do. It was a lot of fun."

Probably the biggest remaining hurdle for Richardson and his goal to get to Auburn is going to be academically. With work to do to get qualified for next season, he said right now he's just focusing on getting the job done.

"Everything is good," Richardson said about his grades. "I'm kind of struggling a little bit, but it's going to be all right. I'm going to get there. It's good that I've got another semester. I'll be at Auburn before you know it.

"It motivates me every day," he added. "When I wake up every morning to go to school I have my alarm set to say ‘get ready for school because you have to go to Auburn'."

The difficult part is that unlike many prospects who have the chance to get help and encouragement from family members along the way, Richardson doesn't have that support system. Because of that he has turned to fellow commitments like LaDarius Owens to be his family.

"I'm not sure where I'm going to sign, but I think me and LaDarius are going to try to do something together," Richardson said. "He's like family. We're going to try to get somewhere where we can do it together. It will probably be me and him and maybe somebody else if we can get it together.

"It means a lot to me (to have his relationship with the fellow recruits) because I've lost most of my family," he added. "Down at Auburn it's all about family. Everything we do we do together. My brother and I don't communicate because he's in jail, but I'm not going to get into that. I lost my mom, my dad, and my granddad. The coaches are like fathers to me and the players are like brothers. That means a lot to me."

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