Senior athlete Tancey Richardson (South Aiken/Aiken, S.C.) had heard all about the Maryland program from two of his good friends, UMD receiver pledge Sean Nelson and linebacker Malik Horton, both of Langston Hughes High (Fairburn, Ga.). In fact, after Nelson visited College Park, Md., for the first time July 30, he returned with such high praise for the Terps, Richardson was downright smitten.
Soon thereafter, much to Richardson’s delight, the 6-foot, 190-pounder began hearing from UMD himself. Then, finally, on Sept. 13 Terps’ graduate assistant Brawley Evans let him know that the Maryland staff had reviewed his film and wanted to offer him.
“Man, that was a big one. I’d heard about Maryland, and it’s great that I can now pursue them further,” Richardson said. “Even though me and Coach Brawley had talked online, I wasn’t expecting to actually get the offer. But on [Sept 13] he like texted me five times and I called him. He told me he really hoped I still liked the Terps, because the staff had watched my film and wanted to offer. So I was real, real happy about that.”
Richardson said the offer was for both corner and receiver. Like most programs recruiting the Aiken product, he said the Maryland coaches want to get him on the field first and then determine what position to place him at.
“I’ll probably find out more later this week when I talk to [head coach] D.J. Durkin,” Richardson said. “Coach Brawley said Coach Durkin likes me and wants to talk to me, so I’m looking forward to speaking with him.”
Soon after hearing from Evans, Richardson informed Nelson and Horton, who claimed a UMD verbal and has been in touch with the staff. He said both were ecstatic the two-way star now held a Terps’ offer too.
“Sean was telling me how great of a program it is and how the coaches really know how to use the talent,” Richardson said. “He said Maryland’s on the rise and it’s a great place to be. He wants me up there with him in their 2017 class. And that’s something I’m interested in; I want to get up there for an official visit.”
For now, Richardson’s unsure when he’ll be able to check out College Park. He said he plans to use two weekends this fall for officials and then a couple more once the season ends.
“I haven’t really thought about where I want to go yet, except I know for sure I’ll be at Colorado State soon,” Richardson said. “Colorado State is recruiting me harder than anyone, so for sure I’ll be going there. The other places I go, I have to see what schools really want me first.”
The South Aiken prospect said, in addition to Colorado State, coaches from Kent State and Coastal Carolina are pushing the hardest for his services. He also claims offers from the likes of South Carolina, Illinois and Mississippi State, but is unsure those looks are still on the table.
“South Carolina, I talk to them some, but they’re pretty set with their commitments. With Illinois, I haven’t talked to them much recently,” Richardson said. “I do still talk to Mississippi State, though, and I’m hoping to visit there.”
Richardson mentioned staffs from Louisville, Ole Miss, Georgia Southern and Temple have been in touch recently. He’s unsure which will ante up, however.
“The plan for me is to see what programs really want me and then to take my officials to those schools,” Richardson said. “I’m hoping to get a couple more offers and then visit some of them. Then after I’m done my visits, I’ll make my [college] decision.”