Trent Richardson is a name recruiting fans are just beginning to become familiar with. The Escambia High product played in less than 10 games as a junior, but he was able to put together a solid season as he rushed for 1,490 yards and 15 touchdowns in 7 games. The 2nd team 5A All-State player is drawing comparisons to Escambia legend Emmitt Smith because of his dominance on the high school level. His production as a junior has led to several schools offering a full ride.
"Recruiting has been going good. I am at 17 or 20 offers; I am not real sure about the exact number. I have offers from all the SEC schools, Iowa State, Purdue, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, USF, Notre Dame, Clemson and Florida State. Michigan has been contacting me and they are telling me they'll be offering soon. Marshall sends me a lot of stuff. Indiana and Texas too. I just got a letter from Texas the other day that didn't make me or my coach too happy."
Florida State has been able to land several players from the Pensacola area over the past several seasons, and they hope it continues with Trent. The staff likes the versatility the talented back brings. Scott Kennedy of Scout.com had this to say about Richardson, "An extremely hard runner, Richardson fights for every last inch when he has the ball in his hands. He is extremely hard to knock off his feet and breaks tackles well with his balance. He sees the hole and attacks the second level of defenders punishing smaller linebackers and defensive backs." So, does the powerful runner have interest in FSU?
"Florida State is one school I am looking at. One of my boys, Paul Griffin, goes there. He tells me about the folks down there and says how it is a nice school and all that. I've actually never visited there besides playing in a few basketball games. I'd really like to go there and see the football side of things."
Trent had been planning to attend the University of Florida's spring game, but he says that he may change that in order to attend FSU's game.
"I like the schools that are interested in me. FSU is interested, and so is Florida. I was intending to go to Florida's game, but I may switch that to Florida State. I take the ACT in the morning, so it would be easier for me to go to FSU. I am supposed to go to Gainesville for a combine Sunday, so we will see."
One aspect about Florida State that Richardson likes is the fact that FSU has always produced offensive players. He grew up watching players like Peter Warrick, Leon Washington and Greg Jones, and those players where Trent's first exposure to the Seminoles.
"I know a lot about how they've had guys like Peter Warrick, Greg Jones and Leon Washington. I've always been a big Peter Warrick fan. FSU always has good coaching and I know some people from Pensacola. Usually they always have a good record, and I know they are bringing in guys like E.J. Manuel to make things better. I know I can go there a not get into trouble. I'm not worried about something like that because the people who get in trouble are the ones who allow themselves to."
Not only does Trent excel on the gridiron, but he also a very good performer when it comes to track. While it is something he doesn't plan to do on the collegiate level, track is something that Trent uses to stay in shape. He feels that if he were to focus on track solely, he'd be able to do something with that.
"I run the 100, 4x100, 200 and long jump for my school. I do really well, but I am a football player. I want to play football, but if I focused only on track, I'd be able to do something with it. My fastest time this year in the 100 is 10.4. I don't know my split in the 4x100, but I run the last leg so sometimes I have to chase people. I'm sure I am faster then. I run the 200 in 22.39 and I jump 22'4" in the long jump. I like track because it adds to my game. I may run indoor in college, but it would more to keep me in shape."