Richardson Excited About BYU Offer

In BYU’s own backyard there is a talented offensive lineman who recently received an offer from the BYU Cougars. Mike Richardson, who is originally from Georgia, attended BYU's Junior Day, where he received an unexpected scholarship offer from Bronco Mendenhall.

The BYU coaching staff invited talented prospects currently on their radar to attend BYU's annual Junior Day, where testing and evaluating was done. The coaching staff put their charges through some a series of drills to test the skills and potential of the recruits. One of those in attendance was American Fork High School lineman Mike Richardson.

“We did a little combine where we ran the forty, did a vertical, and stuff like that,” Richardson said. “We did a bunch of drills and position drills. We also did some one-on-one drills. I did pretty good.”

Richardson did well enough that he was eventually called up to visit with Bronco Mendenhall. He and his father sat in Mendenhall’s office with Garret Tujague when Richardson realized why he was called in.

“So we went up with some of the recruits and had lunch with Bronco and we all talked and stuff,” Richardson said. “After that me, my dad, and Coach Tujague went outside his office for a little bit. Then we went in Coach Mendenhall’s office and we talked for about 20 minutes. Then he gave me a letter and had me read it out loud to him and had me explain it to him. It said that I was being offered and that was a really cool experience.”

Realizing that he was being offered by BYU, Richardson immediately became excited.

“The offer from BYU was definitely a great experience for me,” said Richardson. “I went over there for junior day and wasn’t really expecting it, but when I got the offer I was really excited about it. I’m still excited about it.”

Currently a sophomore at the high school level, Richardson already has three offers on the table, including the one he received from BYU. With a couple years left to play at the prep level, he’ll take his time and weigh his options as they come. However, the BYU offer is one that Richardson is honored to have.

“I’m 6-5, 260-pounds right now,” Richardson. “I got moved last year to the offensive line from tight end in the summer. It was quite the change for me, but with help from my coaches they were able to teach me the nasty side of playing on the o-line and take people down. I’ve been offered by Utah and Arizona, and I haven’t really heard from any other schools at this point in time. I’m going to take some time to think about it.

“BYU having offered me is definitely exciting and is a top school for me. It’s such an honor to me to get an offer from them and maybe play football for them in the future. It’s a great opportunity for me. I still have some more time to play in high school so I’m going to take some time to think about it. I’m in the 2017 class so I’ve got some time.”

Richardson is LDS and is still in the process of thinking of serving a two-year mission. In the meantime he’s enjoying the recruiting process and is looking forward to getting to know Coach Tujague even more during the recruiting periods.

“He’s a great coach and I love Coach Tujague,” Richardson said. “I got to know him really well and he’s been a big influence on me and is a great guy. I look forward to talking to him more and getting to know him more in the future.”

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