Lance Richardson: Surprise Commitment

Georgia Tech had a surprise visitor this past weekend that led to the Jackets picking up their 20th commit. Lance Richardson, a hard hitting safety from Ware Shoals High School in Ware Shoals, South Carolina made his commitment to Tech at the end of his weekend visit. Lance talked about his quick recruitment to the Yellow Jackets and how it all came about.

Lance Richardson - Profile

I understand you made an official visit to Georgia Tech this weekend?

"Yes sir I did. I had a really good time there and enjoyed everything about Georgia Tech and the city of Atlanta. Seeing the facilities they have was impressive. Coming from a small town it was very impressive to see what type of facilities Tech has to offer their players and students. I also loved the city of Atlanta. You have a lot to do in the city and that was something I really liked."

Did you make a commitment to Georgia Tech?

"Yes sir, I did. After seeing everything there, I knew Georgia Tech was the place for me. Once I got the offer from Coach Johnson, I knew where I wanted to be for the next four or five years."

Who was your player host and who is your recruiting coach?

"Dominique Reese was my host while I was at Tech. Coach Wommack is my recruiting coach and will be my position coach too."

Your name hasn't been mentioned a lot on the Georgia Tech recruiting front. How did this come about so fast?

"Well about three weeks ago Coach Wommack called me and talked to me about my film. He said he was very impressed by what he saw and he gave me an unofficial offer right then. He told me that the offer would become official once my transcripts were cleared by the academic admissions office at Georgia Tech and once Coach Johnson had a chance to review everything. He said that with my grades and my film that it wouldn't be a problem in his eyes. He later called me and set up the visit and got everything official for this past weekend. It all came about pretty fast but it was worth it."

Once you got there, what did Coach Johnson have to say?

"Coach Johnson said he really liked my film and my play and he was very impressed by how I took my academics seriously and how good my grades are. He said that was extremely impressive to him. He likes for his players to take academics seriously. He also said that he wouldn't have offered me a scholarship if he thought I couldn't come in and make an impact on the playing field as well as the classroom. Once he offered, I committed to Georgia Tech. He says if I come in and work hard, playing time will not be a problem for me."

What position in the defensive backfield do you play?

"I play the safety position."

How would you describe your playing style?

"I am an aggressive player that loves to hit. I feel I am a big time hitter and tackle very well. Coach Wommack told me that was what stood out to him in watching my film."

What are your measureables?

"I am 6' 2" and weigh 195 pounds. I run a 4.5 forty."

If a redshirt is in the works for you, will that be a problem?

"No sir, it will not be a problem, but I am coming in with the mindset of playing as a freshman. Both Coach Johnson and Coach Wommack told me it was up to me on how hard I work as to whether I will redshirt or not. If I work hard and really show I can play, I will get the playing time."

What players did you hang out with while you were on your official visit?

"I hung out with Dominique Reese, Anthony Allen and Derrick Morgan the most. I also hung out with the other recruits there, Brandon Watts and Dontae Aycock. We all got along real well. I really like the players at Tech. I feel I will really enjoy playing football with them the next four to five years. They're a great bunch of guys."

What will you major in while you are at Georgia Tech?

"I will go into the Management area at Georgia Tech. I know with that type of degree, I can go into the physical therapy field after college if I don't make it to the next level. I know a Georgia Tech degree will be very valuable and the city of Atlanta is a great place to get a job as there are a lot jobs in the Atlanta area. That's another reason Georgia Tech is so appealing and made my decision that much easier to make."


Dale's Take:

Lance was very excited to be heading to Georgia Tech. You could tell in his voice that this was something that he is looking forward and wants. Also, Lance is a very well spoken young man. All answers were very precise and always with a yes sir or no sir to every answer. I know his parents are very proud of him and Georgia Tech is not only getting a player that will help them on the field and represent Tech well in the classroom but they are getting a young man with great character. He will be an outstanding addition to the Yellow Jackets.


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