Gators offer Richardson at the ‘B' position

The Florida Gators have made a switch in offense and with that comes the search for the proper personnel to fit that offense. Going from a traditional pro-set style to more of a spread pro-set, at the tight end position it means going from a regularly lining up on the line of scrimmage to lining up in the slot and being a main pass receiver. Florida sees that in Tavin Richardson.

One of the premiere high school programs in America is Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes and maybe the best player on the squad this year is receiver Tavin Richardson. The 6-foot-4, 215 pound Richardson is a monster receiver for Byrnes and is a guy that can line up anywhere wide and be a headache for opposing defenders.

With the ability to stretch the field with the defenders he gets matched against or to muscle his way over the same guys, Richardson is just what the doctor ordered for the new Florida offense that would like to feature a big receiver /tight end at the ‘B' position. Florida assistant coach Brad Lawing has been eye balling Richardson for a while and after some chatter back and forth among the Florida staff, the offer went out last week.

"I talked to one of the coaches and he told me how interested they were in me and how they watched my film and how they liked my skill set," Richardson said of the Gators. "Then the coach told me they were coming to a spring practice. It rained when they were here so we went to the gym. Coach Lawing told me that he liked my size and that I would fit in the offense. He told me to call Coach Lewis after practice that night, when I did, he offered me.

"They like how I can be a finesse player and then be physical. They said I would be a good matchup against linebackers and some defensive backs."

A key to out of state recruiting is to try and get the prospects on campus as much as you can. The Gators have convinced Richardson to visit this summer and check out the school.

"I am supposed to visit Florida in June, just to come in and look around," Richardson said. "I want to see the facilities, I heard they had good facilities, but want to check it out myself."

Richardson has a bevy of offers, and depending on the school, they want him lining up in all kinds of places on the field.

"Some schools want me on the outside and other schools want me to play outside and inside," he said. "Some of them want me to be a hybrid and play receiver too. They don't want me to come off the field. It doesn't really matter to me where I play at."

Byrnes is a national powerhouse and a program that is always in the national spotlight. Richardson says the team strength should be the defense, but he looks for the offense to be in good shape when the offensive line gets healthy before the season starts.

"We should be good this year and we have a new coaching staff this year" he said. "We have a good offensive line, but some of our starters are hurt right now. We should be better by August." With spring ball ending soon, Richardson can turn his attention more to recruiting and with that he knows a bit of what he is looking for in a program.

"The coaching staff is very important," he said. "I also want a great game day atmosphere. Academics are important as well."

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