"RIght now you could say I have three really good options," says Richardson. "Duke, Clemson, and Vanderbilt have all really been recruiting me hard, and I'm going to look at each of them with an open mind. After that I'll make a decision from those three."
The Blue Devils have long been pursuing the 6'2, 180lbs prospect, but the recent coaching change may have prevented an early commitment, and allowed the Commodores and Tigers to jump in with both feet. Still, as soon as Duke hired Cutcliffe, the new coach was immediately reaching out to the talented Richardson.
"Whenever there is a coaching change, it's something you need to look at. But Coach Cutcliffe called to tell me all about him and what Duke was going to be doing, and to just make sure I was still interested in coming for a visit to see everything first hand. I'll be going up there on January 11th, to see it all. Then I'll go to Clemson the next week."
Richardson, who also has offers from Mississippi State and Troy, played both receiver and safety for Linden (Ala.) High this season, but projects as a safety at the next level.