Since committing to Michigan sight unseen during the summer, Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic cornerback Antwaine Richardson had been anxiously anticipating visiting his collegiate home for the first time. He finally had that opportunity during his official visit last weekend, while extremely impressed with the facilities, atmosphere, and tradition, he found himself most enthralled by the Maize & Blue attribute that convinced him to commit in the first place.
“I would say the coaches,” replied Richardson when asked what stood out to him most. “Coach Zordich is cool. If you need help with something he’ll help you with it. He’ll help you with the strengths and weaknesses of an opponent and stuff like that.”
“They are (all) cool coaches… and then campus is a nice campus. The players there aren’t anti-social. They’ll get to know you and have fun with you.”
The player with whom he had the most fun with was his host and former high school teammate Shelton Johnson. The ringing endorsement the freshman defensive end Michigan was another of the key ingredients in Richardson’s commitment.
“He loves it up there,” Richardson said. “He was just telling me how the vibe is, how everybody acts, what to do, what not to do, (and) how to have fun. He loves it.”
Richardson is counting down the days until he can join Johnson full time in Ann Arbor, but he announced last weekend that his enrollment date will come a little later than he originally planned.
“I didn’t get accepted into the mid-year part, but I did get accepted to start in the summer,” he explained. “So I’ll come up in the summer.”
By that time he will have recovered fully from the torn ACL that he suffered last spring, which subsequently prevented him from playing his senior season.
“Right now I’m at like 85-90%... around there,” said Richardson. “If I can get back (to 100%) at the beginning of February, then I will join the track team. If not I will continue (rehab) and then get back to working on my (defensive back technique)."
By that time he will also know the identity of the Wolverines’ defensive coordinator. That said, the current uncertainty isn’t a major concern for him. It doesn’t appear to be for Michigan either.
“They really didn’t speak too much about that,” said Richardson. “They’re just focusing on the bowl game right now. After the bowl game I guess they’ll find somebody new. Harbaugh is going to find somebody good to replace D.J. They aren’t really stressing over it.”
The three-star corner also insists that his delayed enrollment status hasn’t affected in any way the firmness of his commitment.
“It’s 100%,” he said.