Coach speak: Milan Richard

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Mark Stroud believes Milan Richard's bloodlines are good for more than just blue chip college football talent.

TE Milan Richard Profile

During an ON LOCATION interview with CUTigers, the Calvary Baptist Day School head coach credited Richard's parents for raising a son that isn't just a football player.

"[Richard] definitely handles himself very well with people, he's a people person. He communicates very well. He certainly acts beyond his years, for sure," Stroud said. "That's a good testimony -- his parents, they've always been level-headed about things and thought things through very well. I think that's kind of trickled right on down to him."

So have the genes.

Bill and Veronica Richard were both All-Americans on the Georgia track team in the early 80s. Bill ran the 110-meter hurdles. Veronica was a sprinter and the older sister of the school's star running back -- Herschel Walker.

Athletically, Milan has made quite a name for himself over the last couple of years. After entertaining offers to play at Georgia, Florida State Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, Richard committed to Clemson.

"This guy's just got tons and tons of upside," Stroud said. "He runs well. He's got great size, strength. He's got all of the credentials to be a really good player. I think he's a guy that's going to continue to get better, quite honestly."

As a junior, Richard caught 27 passes for 400 yards and five touchdowns.

"I think he'll have as great year as a senior this year. He's had two solid years for us, but I think he'll have a really, really good year this coming year for us as a senior," Stroud said. "He hasn't tapped out. We haven't seen his best yet, I don't think. I think he's going to improve as a player, improve in all of the areas as a player.

"I think he's going to have a great career [at Clemson]."

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