Could This Become a 'Camp Commit'?

GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke earlier this morning with the mother of a <b>California defensive back</b> that had been below the radar to recruiting fans until now. Saturday afternoon we spoke with the player himself and he stated a desire to play for Michigan.

"I had a great time at the camp, Michigan is an awesome place," Christian Richards said. "I was working out with the cornerbacks and I guess the coaches were impressed. We all went to lunch, then, after I was done with camp, I got an offer from the coaches. They said it would be for January of 2006 so if I accepted I would enroll then. I'm really excited about it, I really like Michigan so that would not be a problem. The coaches are coming out to California on July 12 so I may just commit then." His mother told us earlier that Coach Carr and Coach English would be making the trip out in July.

A scholarship offer for the Winter of 2006 would count against the class of 2006, and would have no bearing on scholarship offers for the class of 2005. This is what is often called a "greyshirt" offer.

Richards is a new name to recruiting fans, but is not stranger to some of the more elite schools. "I have offers from UCLA, Cal, Washington State, and now Michigan," Richards said. "I'm going to USC for a day on Monday." As GBW reported earlier the Richards family is well acquainted with Michigan defensive backs coach Ron English. Richards' father played ball at Cal with English, and he is godfather to Christian.

According to Richards, English didn't make a visit to Monroe during the spring evaluation period but he did see English at the San Diego State Nike camp. His NIKE Camp stats listed him at 5 foot 10-1/2, 148-pounds. He also said he ran a 4.47 in the 40 at the camp and recorded a 36 inch vertical leap.

On the academic side Richards has a clear goal. "I'm want to go into law, that's it," he said. He reports a 3.3 grade point average.

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