Terry Richardson had been to Michigan's campus numerous times before his most recent trip to Ann Arbor Saturday, but yesterday's visit for the opening of spring practice had a few key differences. The first was this time he was accompanied by his family. The second was he saw the new Maize & Blue family on the field together for the first time.
"The practice wasn't so much the intense type because of the fact that it is just starting, but I think the tempo was fast, "Richardson recalled. "They move. They get in and get it done. Me personally, I think everything was cool today. I liked the visit I had today. I really like the coaching staff. Coach Hoke is a real good guy… a real good guy. Coach Mattison is a real good guy too. I think the whole coaching staff has good guys. They don't yell a lot. They make sure you understand before they yell. They get at it! They want to make it happen. We'll see how they do."
When not coaching the team the staff made it a point to remind Richardson and the other recruits how wanted they were. The fact they weren't overbearing in those efforts went over extremely well.
"You know me… I aint even a big guy on the red carpet treatment," said Richardson. "Just keep it real. Today, I think they kept it real with me. It was more (the coaches saying), ‘We know this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you guys… make the most of it. Just know that we really want you guys to be the Maize-N-Blue.' I said, ‘You know what coach, I got mad respect for that, I'm interested, and I'll sleep on it.'"
When the dust settled the Michigan had definitely furthered its cause in a positive way with both Richardson and his family. That said, there is still a long way to go.
"My mom and dad went," the three-star corner said. "My dad, he's a Michigan guy. You got to remember my dad is from the old school. He remembers watching Michigan play when they were on the rise. He likes Michigan, but he wants to visit other places too. Right now because of track season I really can't plan (the visits) out."
One trip the Under Armour All American corner almost certainly will make is back up to Michigan. He is anxious to see how much progress the Wolverines make after an impressive first day offensively. He was taken with the performance of fellow Detroiter, Devin Gardner.
"All I'm trying to tell you, is Denard (Robinson) better (bring his A game) because Devin (Gardner) was doing his thing," said Richardson. "The offense looks smooth. Devin looks so good out there. I'm trying to tell you… Devin looked good! Denard looks good too, though. He looks like he bulked up a whole lot. He looks bigger,…way bigger. The receivers looked good, especially (Roy) Roundtree and Martavious Odoms. They looked good. The tailbacks, they looked quicker, faster, and more explosive. I think that their linebacker corps needs some work. I think the linebackers and DBs need a lot of work. They just need a lot of reps to really get out there and understand some stuff (from the new coaches). The D-line is going to be real sharp though. They're going to be real strong."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Richardson in the weeks and months to come.