Unlike his predecessors, Boubacar Cissoko and Delonte Hollowell though, the Wolverines had to work a little more for this one. The 5'9, 165-lb Richardson, a four-star prospect, held offers from programs like USC, LSU, Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and a host of others, and for awhile, it appeared as though his recruitment would take him out of state. It also seemed a virtual certainty that the world would not know where he was headed until January at the Under Armour All-American Game.
"What happened was, I felt like if I was serious about Michigan, why not go ahead and commit now," he explained. "If I wasn't as serious, then I should wait it out, but I am very very very serious about coming to Michigan, so I wanted to go ahead, commit, and make it happen."
Richardson admitted all along that while he looked elsewhere, took visits, and entertained overtures from various schools across the country, his parents always had the Wolverines at the top of their list. It was not at their insistence that he committed, but being close is one of the factors that lead him to his choice.
"I felt the most comfortable with Michigan. I feel like being up there is just where I need to be. My whole support system is here, family, close friends, mentors, my whole support system is right here with me. Anything I need, I'll be able to get it. It just felt right. I really do trust in Brady Hoke. I put all my trust in Coach Mattison. I'm ready to get it done. I'm ready to bring Michigan back to the way it's supposed to be."
Also part of the support system will be a class that is heavy on the in-state prospects thus far. Included in that are a few of Richardson's close friends from his little league days, and current teammate Royce Jenkins-Stone.
"It feels good," he said of getting to play with them again. "We're back. We're going to bring a lot of excitement, and a lot of swagger out there. Me, James and Royce and Devin Funchess, we're going to show that this is how boys from Detroit play. We always used to win games in little league. We set the bar playing sports together and now we're back together. It's just one level higher, that's all it is." Richardson says he believes that if he can add 10-20-lbs by the time he steps on campus, he will have a great chance to play early. Regardless, he is simply happy to be essentially done with a process that he admits wore on him, but he did make sure to note that he enjoyed it.
"Now I can finish off strong in my books and focus on the season. I just feel ready. I feel more complete and I feel less stressed out and I'm ready to get it done. This process was a very very good process. You watched me from day one all the way until now; from no scholarships up to 20. I'm just very appreciative of everything."