As a junior at Peabody Magnet, Richard rushed for 2,289 yards – second best in the state - and 33 touchdowns. He rushed for over 300 yards in a game on three different occasions, numbers that attracted LSU coach Joe Robinson right away.
“Joe Rob recruits my area, and when the season ended he got with me and told me that he wanted to see me at the Junior Day,” said Richard. “He’s been really cool. I spent some time with him this weekend and he said that they are pretty interested in me.
“They didn’t offer or anything, but I think that will come at some point.”
Richard spent the majority of the visit taking tours of the campus, from the football facilities to the academic side.
“It was my first time getting to walk around and see it all at once,” he said. “I was blown away. It reminds you that LSU is one of the best colleges out there for a student athlete. I had really never seen anything like it.”
As track season approaches Richard will switch gears from football, but the recruiting game is only beginning.
“Joe Rob said that he would be over to watch me during spring workouts, and I will probably make it down to Baton Rouge for a practice,” he said. “I just want to stick around the program as much as I can. That’s what Joe Rob suggested I do. He said it will help the coaches with building that relationship with me.”