Monroe Gearing Up For the Big Time
As reported after his pledge to Michigan, there is much more than just a fondness for the Wolverines that led the younger Richards to place his college future in Ann Arbor. Michigan defensive backs coach Ron English is good friends with the elder Ricahrds as well as godfather to Christian. The relationship goes back to the time when English and Richards, Sr. played football together at Cal.
It's been 20 years since the Vikings have defeated Sylmar but Richards, who moved from running back to wide receiver this year, looks to be a big factor in ending the drought. The 6 foot 0, 163 Richards has blazing speed, clocking a 4.4 in the 40 at the San Diego State Nike Camp earlier this year. Wide receiver is not the only position the talented youngster plays. "I'm a wideout, running back, and third string quarterback on offense," he recently told GBW. "I play corner on defense and return kicks. I'm also the holder on extra points. I think we're going to run a lot of fakes with me doing the holding." He said that Michigan is recruiting him as a corner and that is where he wants to play in college.
Richards is young for his class. As a result he will be 17 when he enters college. "I could be a junior right now," he said. "But I started school early so I'm a year ahead of a lot of people in my class. The extra time before I play will help me get bigger without having to waste a red-shirt, I can use that later if I need it."
We'll have more on Richards, including photos and a scouting report, in an upcoming edition of GoBlueWolverine, The Magazine.