The Celebration of Success program gave him opportunities to showcase his talents at combines and 7-on-7 tour these past few years. He said the program run by his 7-on-7 coach Curtis Blackwell, gave him an opportunity to play for the Wolverines.
"Man, it has done so much for us," Richardson told GoBlueWolverine.com. "Growing up and giving us a chance to go to our favorite school. Michigan was the school for us. I thank coach (Curtis) Blackwell for giving me, Royce (Jenkins-Stone), Devin (Funchess), and James (Ross) that big opportunity that we needed."
Richardson has never shied away from the challenges of better competition. He said the opportunities of going against top talent from around the country, has helped him prepare for his college experience.
"It is the best way to test yourself," Richardson said on his 7-on-7 experience, "if you think you are the best. It gives you an opportunity to go up against the best, and pretty much shows you where you stand. God has blessed me to get the opportunity before I set foot in college. I'm pretty sure in college it will be times ten of that. But I'm sure I will be ready for it.
With his college career less than three months away, Richardson says he has been preparing physically and mentally to play for the Maize & Blue this fall.
"I'm trying to get mentally prepared," Richardson said. "You know being a college athlete, particularly football, it is a little different. Pretty much I have been working hard and just doing my own little countdown to get up there.
"I'm trying make sure I get my mental aspect of my game prepared. I'm trying to get ready to study. I'm trying to get ready to learn all the plays and coverages. Pretty much trying get physical. Hit the weight room hard with a couple guys, and really trying get ready for this season. Within these next four or five years some of us can make our marks."
At 5-foot-9.5, 165-pounds, Richardson compares his game to NFL cornerbacks Janorius Jenkins and Asante Samuels. He said he likes their cover corners skills, but also, "their ability to come up and play the run."
Richardson also has the ability to return kicks, and said he is ready to compete with fellow commit running back Dennis Norfleet for early playing time as freshman.
"When Jourdan Lewis gets up there it is going to be all three of us trying to get the job done," Richardson said. "That just shows the overall talent that we are trying get up there at Michigan, because we are trying to win National Championships for the fans at home."
With Michigan recent success in the national recruiting rankings, Richardson said it is only a matter of time before the program is at its peak.
"I think if we can get a good class or two or three up there," Richardson said on recruiting top players, "it's back! It's on! So that's what we're trying to make happen."
On September 1, Michigan travels to play Alabama in primetime at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas. And for Richardson it will be his first game as a Wolverine, and Richardson said he is looking forward to opportunity to play against the Crimson Tide.
"It (hasn't) soaked all the way in, until I get there (at Cowboy Stadium). But that goes back to what I said, getting ready for the mental aspect of it. Alabama and Nick Saban produce some of the best defensive guys, and some of the best overall NFL prospects. So pretty much, yeah I am ready for it. I had a chance to build a nice friendship with some of those guys. Eddie Williams and Landon (Collins) at the Under Armor Game). Also I had a chance to compete with them. You know I am ready for it. I am ready to get up there and make it happen."