LSU hosts Richardson

Escambia running back Trent Richardson is winding down from a long road trip, leaving his Florida home last week for a pair of Southeastern conference visits.

Trent Richardson


“I went to Alabama’s practice on Wednesday, and then went down to Baton Rouge for the weekend,” Richardson said.


After meeting up with running backs coach Larry Porter and being introduced to recruiting director and tight ends coach Josh Henson, Richardson said that they sat down and weighed out everything that LSU had to offer.


“I want a chance to be that big running back,” Richardson said. “When you break things down, LSU has not recruited a running back since 2006. They need some guys in this 2009 class to step up and be that next back.”


Throughout the recruiting process, Richardson (5-11, 210, 4.5) has stressed the importance of running behind a strong offensive line.


Did he think the Tigers could give him that opportunity?


“I got to look at and meet a lot of the offensive line,” Richardson said. “I am definitely impressed. They have some really young, big guys that will turn into solid lineman. That was definitely a good thing.”


As for the spring game itself, Richardson was impressed by the Tigers rushing attack.


“They ran it a lot on the opening drive and [Richard] Murphy had a great game,” Richardson said. “I enjoyed watching the game because they were running it so well.”


The weekend wrapped up with visits from fellow-Floridian and 2008 recruit Patrick Johnson as well as a few of the members of the 2009 class.


Did they try and persuade Richardson that LSU was the place for him?


“Those guys were all in town so I got to talk to a bunch of different kids,” Richardson said. “They drilled me on how solid the 2009 class is and all that, but I am still just letting things play out.”


Anyone who has ever strapped on a helmet and played college football dreams of winning a national championship and on his visit Richardson got to see up close what some of the perks are for getting to the top of the mountain.


“Seeing the national championship ring was amazing,” Richardson said. “That is definitely not something you get to see on a normal visit.”


Making his second trip to Baton Rouge, Richardson said that he will return to Pensacola with plenty on his mind and he has someone close by that will keep him up to speed on things in South Louisiana.


“My mom came to Baton Rouge with me last time, and she loved it,” Richardson said. “The academic center was a very big deal for her. Terrell has always been a father-type for me and he is right up the road so having him play that close would definitely be nice. Right now, I just need to see some other places and compare everything then.”


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


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