DT High on UM; Will Visit

Destrehan H.S. in Louisiana sent a young defensive back named Edward Reed to the University of Miami about seven years ago. He turned out to be pretty good. Now the Miami coaches are hoping the school sends another product their way. Defensive tackle Darryl Richard is one of the state's top overall prospects this year.

Richard, who finished his senior season with 85 tackles, 31 for loss, and 12 sacks, said he had a strong senior season.

"I made plays, even though I was getting held about 10-12 times every game," he said. "I can't wait to play in the Army-Navy game in San Antonio so I can show people how I compare to the rest of the country."

Richard, 6-4 and 290 pounds, is quite the recruiting prospect these days as well. He's already taken an official visit to Notre Dame and has three others already lined up.

"I go to Miami on the 12th, UCLA on the 19th, then Stanford the first of January," he said. "Notre Dame was fun. It was different. I meshed with the people there and the atmosphere was nice. It was alright."

The talented defensive tackle said next up is a visit to Miami.

"At Miami, you have the potential to play in the NFL, you have championship capabilities, and plus they have a real good sports management program and that's my intended major."

Richard, who carries a 4.0 GPA with a 29 ACT score, will have had in-home visits with all of his favorites by the end of the week. LSU is also on that list.

"LSU, it'll probably be late January when I go for my trip," he said. "They like to bring in all the top guys from Louisiana on the same weekend and I think that's when it'll be this year. I like them a lot. I'm familiar with them. It really doesn't matter to me where I go. I'm not locked into anyone. I really wanna see certain places and then I'll be able to make a decision from there."

Richard claims written scholarship offers from all of his current favorites.

On a side note, Richard said he had a chance to meet running back Derron Thomas at a photo shoot earlier this year.

"They play in our district," he said. "That man's bad. He just wants it more than anyone else. He's a real hard runner. Miami should be getting a great player."

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