The Terps’ staff has been a mainstay in Georgia the last couple years, handing out offers to recruits throughout the Peach State. On Feb. 17, assistant Walt Bell gave out yet another verbal, and this time it went to a rising-star safety out of Buford High (Ga.).
Bryson Richardson previously had looks from Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisville, Vandy, WVU, Wake, NC State and a couple others, but his most recent offer from Maryland grabbed his attention.
“To tell you the truth, the offer kind of came out of nowhere, but it was a big-time offer and it felt good,” said the 6-foot, 185-pound Richardson. “My head coach was the one who told me about it, and when he did I thought it was great. Maryland’s a school I’m familiar with.”
Richardson’s familiar with the Terps because his family is actually from the College Park, Md., area. He’s never actually trekked through campus before, but he likes being around D.C. and seeing his relatives up north.
“It was a blessing to get an offer from Maryland because a lot of my family is up there. So that felt good,” Richardson said. “I actually stayed with my grandma for a little while up there, so I’ve lived up there a little bit. I’ve been up there with my dad and everything too. It’s a good area and I love D.C.”
Richardson, though, hasn’t spoken extensively to Bell yet to learn more about the Terps. He said his knowledge of the school and program is limited and he’s just beginning to research it. But Richardson said he’d likely be able to visit College Park sometime this spring when he’s in town to see his family.
“It should be fun,” Richardson said. “I’m looking forward to it.”
So far, Richardson has been to Kentucky and NC State. He’s planning to venture out to many of his other suitors this offseason, although he’s unsure where he’s heading next.
“The visits I’ve had so far were good,” Richardson said. “I had a real good time at Kentucky and it was cool. I got a real good feel for what it was like there, and I liked the atmosphere. Same with NC State. It was a real good experience.”
Richardson doesn’t have any offers in particular he’s looking for, saying he likes what he has on the table. But the Buford product allowed he’d like “to get some more big-time schools.”
“Really, I want to take my time with the whole process and see what happens,” Richardson said. “I want to find a school where I’m comfortable and where I can have success academically and on the football field. It’s going to take awhile for me.”
Richardson is coming off a season where he recorded 57 tackles, four breakups, three forced fumbles and a pick.