Richardson coming in for spring game

Escambia running back Trent Richardson (5-11, 210, 4.5) has become hot on the southeastern recruiting board, picking up offers from over twenty universities.

Trent Richardson


Richardson has been offered a scholarship by LSU and he will take his first look at the Tigers when he makes the trip to Baton Rouge for the spring game on April 5th.


“I have been talking to Coach Porter a lot about where I could fit in,” Richardson said. “I want to see how things stack up because they have not recruited a running back in two seasons.”


As a junior, Richardson ran for 1,490 yards and 15 touchdowns in only seven games giving over 200 yards an outing.


A facet of the game on the Pensacola native’s mind is the offensive line and he hopes to find a school that has some guys who can pave the way.


“I really haven’t ever run behind a great offensive line,” Richardson said. “We are going to be better this season, but I want to go to a college where I can have the benefit of running behind a great line. I am looking at everything from how long guys have been on the line to how well they block.”


Richardson was on the road this past weekend as he was in Starkville checking out a scrimmage at Mississippi State.


What does he think about the Bulldogs?


“I like team’s that run the ball, and Mississippi State does that well,” Richardson said. “Seeing a guy like [Anthony] Dixon run the ball for them at their scrimmage was fun to watch.”


In terms of narrowing down his list of choices, Richardson plans on seeing how the college football season pans out before making a decision.


“Right now I am just focusing on the off-season,” Richardson said. “I am going to watch the teams that are high on me throughout the season to see how things play out.”


When it comes to his focus on LSU, the Pensacola native points to one thing that truly stands out about the Tigers--Location.


Richardson’s brother, Terrell, just wrapped up his freshman season at defensive end for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.


“I grew up without a father around,” Richardson said. “Terrell was always that person I looked up to. He has made me a better man. Being near him again would be nice.”


Richardson, who attends the same high school as Gator great Emmitt Smith, admits he can’t escape the constant comparisons from Florida natives.


“Everyone wants me to be the next Emmitt,” Richardson said. “He was an amazing running back, but I am just trying to be the first Trent.”


The talented back said that though he might strive to live up to Smith’s legacy at Escambia, the admiration doesn’t lock him into Gator orange and blue.


“A lot of people think that because of the Smith connection, I will end up at Florida,” Richardson said. “I want to follow in his footsteps, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I am going to Florida.”


Richardson will visit the Gators not long after his trip to Baton Rouge and then it will be off on the road again with another visit to Big 12 country.


“I am taking the ACT on April 12 and will head down to Gainesville to catch some of the Gators spring game right after that,” Richardson said. “After that I am going to take an unofficial visit to Texas as well. I am just taking it in.”


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