Chris Richards Visits Michigan This Weekend

Although defensive back <b>Chris Richards</b> from Monroe High School in Los Angeles is a senior this year, he is the Wolverines first commitment for the recruiting class of <i>2006</i>. <br><br> Today he arrives in Ann Arbor for his official visit to Michigan. Last night GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with Richards just before he left for the airport.

Chris Richards had just returned home from his teams crushing 28-7 defeat at the hands of Los Angeles City Section powerhouse Taft High from Woodland Hills. "We worked hard to prepare for this game," he said. "But it wasn't enough."

Monroe is now 1-2 on the season after a narrow opening 7-6 loss to Fairfax and a big 44-7 victory over Canoga Park last Friday. With this week's game with Taft falling on a Thursday the Richards had a chance to head out of town for an official visit to Michigan, where Richards will play college ball. Although exhausted from the game and the prospects of a red-eye flight across the country, he was excited about the trip. "We're leaving tonight (Thursday) at 12:30," he said. "I can't wait to get back to Michigan, I love it there and I can't wait to see my friend Sam (Williams). He'll be there on an unofficial visit."

Richards will be making the trip with his dad, Chris Sr., who also happens to be his head coach. They will be visiting with another father-son defensive back combo, Pennsylvania star Justin King and his step-father Terry Smith will be in Ann Arbor for an official visit as well. Smith is also the head coach at King's school, Gateway. The senior Richards played college ball at Cal with Michigan defensive backs coach Ron English and are close friends.

Chris Jr. is a senior this year but won't enroll in Michigan until January 2006. The younger Richards is perfectly happy with the arrangement even if a scholarship should open up for the class of 2005. "I'm still pretty young," he said. "I'll still be 17 next fall (2005) so I can use the extra year to get bigger and stronger. Waiting is no problem."

Richards has been receiving calls from coaches but had been diligently preparing for the battle with Taft. "Coach Carr left a message that he'd called," he said. "But I've been focused all week on watching film and getting ready for this game so I haven't been able to return the call."

Monroe hosts Palisades on Friday.

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