As NoleDigest reported last week, Trent Richardson is one of the top targets at running back for Florida State this year. The powerful runner from Escambia High in Pensacola has been one of the most heavily recruited players in the panhandle so far this recruiting season, and he says right now he is just taking things one day at a time.
"I've been good, and recruiting has been going well. Right now I am just taking it one day at a time. A lot of schools are recruiting me harder than some, and there have been a lot of schools coming to see me. I'd say LSU, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi State are recruiting me the hardest. My mom likes the coaches at LSU and Mississippi State, and I like the academics at LSU and Alabama."
Richardson grew up a fan of the Texas Longhorns. He was hoping that they would extend him an offer, but they have told him they wanted one back and got the top guy on their board. Nonetheless, he is approaching 30 offers and feels there are great options for him at this time.
"I have 25 offers right now, and those schools have been sending me a lot of stuff through the mail and all. Illinois just offered me, and so did Tennessee and Clemson. Texas told me they only wanted one back and that they aren't going to recruit me. That doesn't mean that I will stop being a fan of them. Hopefully whatever college I go to, though, we get a chance to play Texas. I am coming into college planning on dominating. My main goal is that after it my mom won't have to work anymore."
Florida State is a school that is close to home, and he says he grew up watching some of college football's all-time best play there. Richardson says that he likes the program and likes what Coach Fisher is doing at the school.
"Florida State is close to home. One of my friends Paul Griffin goes there and he tells me how it is there. They have a good academic program there, and I grew up watching guys like Warrick Dunn and Peter Warrick play there. Coach Fisher came to see me and watched me at practice recently. He likes my size and speed combination and feels that I am a true running back. I plan on looking at Florida State hard, and if I had a top 5 list they would definitely be in it. I really like Coach Fisher because he is real with you, and I think he could make me a man. I think he is doing a good job and I like how he runs the I-formation. Rodney Gallon is one of my friends, and he was telling me the coaches are really tough but they make you into better players."
Trent talked more about himself as a player, saying he feels his style of play fits more of the traditional type offense like the I-formation, where as the spread doesn't allow him to use his skills the best way.
"I've been working on route running and catching the ball because I want to be a complete back. I like the I-formation offense, and a lot of schools still run it. A lot of schools have switches to the spread/option. While I feel I can play in any offense, I think the spread/option doesn't fit me. I ran it the first 2 years of high school. I think that the I-formation gets you more ready for the NFL. Most teams run that and the pro-style offenses. From what I have seen guys have more of a problem getting used to the NFL if they come from the spread/option."
"I think that when I get to the next level I will continue to get bigger. Right now I am 220 pounds and I don't really eat right. It's just natural. When I get into the weight program in a college I think I will improve. At 220 pounds I run the 40 in 4.3, and I think that is going to help me in college. I ran the 100 in the state championships and got 5th with a time of 10.3. Jeff Demps ran a 10.1 in prelims. Right now I am benching 365 and I clean 360. So when I get to college I think I will develop into a good player."
One aspect that has been tied to Richardson is his academic status. Internet rumors state that he will have a tough time qualifying. According to Richardson, that is not close to being the case. He talks about that.
"I am good right now with my academics. Whatever you are hearing isn't true. I have a 2.8 GPA, and I have been taking night classes to get that better. I am taking an algebra class right now after the end of the 6 weeks I should have it up to a 3.0. I am not going to have any problems qualifying. I take the ACT June 13th. I am not dumb, but I am not the smartest kid, but I know what I have to do to get into college. If I stay on the pace I am at right now I will qualify for the Bright Scholars program."
Look for Florida State to turn up the heat on Richardson. At this time it seems like LSU is a school he is favoring, but look for the Seminoles to get more into the game with him as the recruiting process continues. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Trent and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.