Tancey Richardson (South Aiken, S.C.) was supposed to officially visit Maryland Dec. 2, but since his high school team is on a playoff run and he’s scheduled to take the SATs that weekend, he won’t be able to make it to College Park, Md. Even so, the 6-foot, 190-pound Richardson is eager to reschedule his Terps’ trip after the dead recruiting period ends in January. The South Carolina native counts UMD as one of his favorite schools and is in regular communication with defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim.
“I definitely want to officially visit Maryland, probably in January when the playoffs are over and I can go on visits again,” said Richardson, who is also considering Indiana and Colorado State. “Coach Brawley [Evans] was in touch with me, and now Coach Aazaar talks to me like every day. He talks about him coaching me in the secondary, he says he really likes my film, he said I could get early playing time there, and he said he needs corners like me.
“So I just think it’s great he really wants me like that and is pressing for me. I can tell he’s trying to rebuild and needs corners. And he’s a cool dude and I like talking to him.”
Apparently Abdul-Rahim’s interest is such that the secondary staffer will be trekking down to South Carolina to see Richardson personally.
“Coach Aazaar said he’s actually coming down to see my parents and talk to them too,” Richardson said. “He’s serious about me and really wants to get me up there. And that means a lot to me. I like that I’m needed there and can play early.”
Abdul-Rahim isn’t the only one in Richardson’s ear about the Terps. UMD receiver pledge Sean Nelson (Langston Hughes/Fairburn, Ga.) is a friend of Richardson, and evidently the two exchange messages via Twitter.
“Sean, he told me the atmosphere is crazy at Maryland, the coaching staff is going to show you love, and the fans are great,” Richardson said. “It’s sounds like a great school and a program on the rise in the Big Ten.”
Maryland has left a strong impression, but Richardson said Colorado State has too. Additionally, Indiana has made a run, while the corner has started hearing from Arizona State’s staff.
“I think Maryland and Indiana and Colorado State are recruiting me the hardest, and I like all three. But it’s kind of two that are standing out some – Maryland and Colorado State,” Richardson said. “Colorado State has been there through the whole process and has never backed off. And Maryland, they did the same thing after they offered.
“With [the Rams], they’ve always been there. Even when I was committed to Southern Miss, they really showed the effort to get me. And to this day they want me to be part of that program. And I like how they can use me two ways – on offense and defense.
“And Indiana, I like them too. I’ve been talking to them a lot and I’m building a great relationship with them.”
Of the three, CSU is the only program he’s seen, after his junior season. He would like to officially visit Colorado State, but admitted it wasn’t completely necessary since he’s seen the school before. Richardson does want to check out UMD and IU before finalizing his college decision, however.
“But I could [commit] before I visit. I’ve been thinking about [committing], and after talking to the coaches and learning about the schools, it’s possible I could commit in the next week or two,” Richardson said. “I have to see how things go. I’d rather take the visits first, but I am thinking about [committing early].”