With limited scholarships in the 2015 class and even fewer spots available on the offensive line, Michigan pulled the trigger Sunday afternoon sending out a new offer to 2015 Memphis (Tenn.) University School four-star offensive tackle Drew Richmond.
“Coach Funk told me to call him on twitter and he was like they were trying to wait a little longer because I think they offered one offensive tackle in my grade and they already have one committed,” Richmond said. “And he said they’re only taking like one or two in my class or something like that but he said they wanted to go ahead and offer.”
For Richmond, the Michigan offer is an interesting one. Although living in Tennessee, the 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle has a special fondness toward the Wolverines biggest rival.
“Pretty much everyone knows I grew up an Ohio State fan and that I hated Michigan,” Richmond said. “But I have to understand what Michigan can do (for me) after football and I love tradition and Michigan has a great deal of tradition.
“What’s not to love about it (Michigan)?”
Having yet to step foot on campus in Ann Arbor Richmond’s familiarity with the Michigan program actually runs relatively deep.
“They have the number one largest living fan base in the country and it takes like 50 years or something like that to get season tickets,” Richmond said. “That speaks for itself, you know?
“They’re one of the top five schools or something like that and they’ve got Jabrill Peppers the number one player in the country so, they’re obviously doing something right with their program.”
Richmond holds offers from all over the country, visited in his school recently by Nick Saban and Alabama, Urban Meyer and Ohio State, as well as Will Muschamp and Florida, but aside from one unofficial visit to Ole Miss last week Richmond hasn’t been out to see any other schools.
“I’m still trying to figure out my visits,” Richmond said.
Now holding an offer from the Wolverines Richmond says it’s possible he’ll make Ann Arbor a destination once he comes up with a concrete visit schedule.
“I’m not sure but you know I hope to go (up to Michigan for a visit),” he said.
After a rough start to his junior season at Memphis University School, Richmond and his team got it together to make an impressive run all the way to the state title game, including a semifinal win over Montgomery Bell Academy and 2014 Notre Dame offensive line commitment Alex Bars.
“We went to the state championship and after having a rough start to the season people had us down,” he said. “We played against Alex Bars team actually and I played well that game and we beat them to advance to the state championship but lost.”
This off-season Richmond plans to get back to the details of his game despite displaying notable improvement in his run blocking and pad level as a junior.
“I’m just going to continue to work on my footwork,” Richmond said. “I want to be a tackle. I can play guard if I have to but I want to be a tackle so I have to continue to work on my footwork and get better in that aspect of my game.”
Richmond noted comfort with coaches and playing time as two main factors in his eventual college choice.