LSU is now a heavy hitter for Georgia standout

LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pellini and linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto are scouring the countryside in search of linebackers for the Class of 2006. One that has gotten the Tigers' attention of late is Morrice Richardson of Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake.

LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pellini and linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto are scouring the countryside in search of linebackers for the Class of 2006.

One that has gotten the Tigers' attention of late is Morrice Richardson of Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake.

Richardson, a 6-2 230-pounder with 4.6 speed, is one of the top linebackers in the Peach State. As a junior, he logged 85 tackles and three sacks but it's his recent performances at the MSL Combine and the Nike Camp that has increased his stock twofold.

"I've got offers from Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Indiana, Wake Forest, Tulsa and Vanderbilt," Richardson told Tiger Rag.

A little over week ago, the standout linebacker took an unofficial trip to LSU with his cousin, Asher Allen. The two had previously been to Georgia, Georgia Tech and Auburn so Tiger fans are wondering how the trip to the bayou stacked up against the others.

"It was great," Richardson said. "It was the best trip I've been on yet. It was really a great trip."

What caught his eye on the most?

"The coaches were real nice and I liked the environment a lot," he said. "What surprised me though was how comfortable I felt and how nice the campus was. Even with all of the construction going on and the cranes everywhere it was a real nice campus. It makes you wonder how much nicer it's going to be when they finish everything."

Richardson just recently popped up on LSU's radar but over the last month or so he has been getting the full-court press from Peveto.

The Georgia native was hoping he would pick up an offer from the Tigers while he was in Baton Rouge but that did not pan out. However, he received some indication that one could be on the way soon.

"Coach Peveto said he wants me at LSU but he did not bluntly say I have an offer," said Richardson, who projects as a full academic qualifier. "He told me they are having a staff meeting tomorrow and for me to call him. I‘m sure it will come up then so we will habve to see."

In addition to spending time with Peveto, Richardson also spent a little time with Les Miles.

"He is one of the most energetic head coaches I've met," Richardson said. "He is real fun to talk to and just a down to earth kind of guy. Overall, it's one of the best coaching staffs I've talked to."

Now that he is home and has had a chance to sit back and evaluate the schools on his list did his visit open his eyes to what LSU has to offer?

"Yes it did," he said. "At first, LSU wasn't even an option. If you would have asked me a while back if I liked LSU I would have just told you it's a great school but that was it.

"Now, I can honestly say that when it comes time to make a decision that LSU will be one of the heavy hitters. It will be hard for me to choose someone else without thinking hard about LSU."

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