It's just Uncle Herschel

Even though Milan Richard is close with his Heisman Trophy winning uncle, he was never a lock to follow in his footsteps.

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Richard, a 2014 Clemson tight end commitment, is the nephew of Herschel Walker, a three-time All-American running back at Georgia.

Never did Walker pressure Richard into taking his talents to Athens.

"Everybody made a bigger deal out of it than it really was," Richard told CUTigers during an ON LOCATION interview last Friday.

Calvary Baptist Day School head coach Mark Stroud agreed.

"Herschel, in our time, was the guy. But, if you polled most of the kids anywhere at any high school, they might not know who he is. They might not know who Herschel Walker really is," Stroud said. "It's not that big an issue for his peers or younger adults as it is for people who grew up in that era.

"It's less than people think it is, quite honestly. It's just not as big an issue as people make it out to be."

The decision was and is Richard's.


Herschel Walker won the Heisman Trophy as a junior at UGA.
"[Walker] was just -- the whole way he was just like, ‘Do what you want to do. Do what's best for you.' That's what he did. When he made his decision, Georgia was best for him. Now, Clemson is best for me," Richard said. "He was fine with that. The whole way through, we never really talked about recruiting.

"When I first started to get offers, he was just like, ‘Do what's best for you and I'm behind you wherever you go.' So that's how it's been for this whole year that this [recruitment] has been going on."

For Richard, being related to one of the most revered players in college football history is all he's ever known. As a matter of fact, it's kind of funny when people ask him -- What's it like being Herschel Walker's nephew?

"It's just normal. From the outside looking in, it's different. But, for me, it's all I've grown up with," Richard said. "Growing up, I had knowledge that he was famous. Maybe, like sixth grade, I started to look at the numbers and doing the math. I realized that he was pretty good in high school and college.

"It's just been normal for me. Since I was born, I just knew him as Uncle Herschel."

During his three years at Georgia, Walker rushed for 5,239 yards and 49 touchdowns. With four different teams during his 12-year NFL career, Walker amassed 8,225 yards receiving, 5,859 yards receiving and 5,084 kickoff return yards and 84 touchdowns.

Richard can't help but be impressed by what his Uncle Herschel did back in his day.

"It was more the numbers for me than the highlights…it was pretty ridiculous. I saw some highlights at a reunion or a birthday party, something like that," Richard said. "The numbers did it for me. That's what I saw, the numbers."

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