Chris Richards Talks About Visit, Time With King

Even though it won't begin until January 2006, <b>Chris Richards</b> from Monroe High School in Sepulveda, Calif. is looking forward to spending his college days at Michigan. Richards was in Ann Arbor this weekend on his official visit. He talked with GoBlueWolverine about Michigan's win over Iowa, and a new friendship he is developing with another top Michigan recruit. Will the two be teammates?

Chris Richards is the first Wolverine commitment for the recruiting class of 2006. Since he is a senior in high school this year he could enter as a freshman in the fall of 2005, but the current situation is the one he is most comfortable with. "The coaches talked about me possibly coming in with this class," Richards said. "But me and my father think it would be the ideal situation for me to wait and start school in January 2006. I'll be 18 then and it will give me the time to get bigger and stronger. I'll be working with my training coach during the time I'm out of school so when I get to Michigan I'll be ready to go. I won't have to waste a red-shirt."

Richards committed to Michigan shortly after camp this past summer. He told GBW then of his love for Michigan and his relationship with Michigan defensive backs coach Ron English, who is also Richards' godfather. English played football at Cal alongside Richards' father, Chris Sr. The official visit gave the Richards their first chance to see a game live at Michigan Stadium. "It was unbelievable," Chris said. "I've never seen that many people in one place in my life. I can't wait to play in front of all of them."

The 5 foot 11, 165-pound Richards talked a bit about the visit, but more about the new friends he made during his time. "Justin King and I hung out most of the time," he said. "We were together all day Saturday for the game and afterwards, he's a really cool guy and we got along great. He said he is about 75 percent sure he'll go to Michigan but he wants to take visits to some other place, like Florida and Penn State. I also got to hang out with the new punter with the funny name, Zoltan Mesko. I thought he was a quarterback at first, he's a big guy and is really nice too. I saw Terrance Taylor but we didn't get to talk a lot. Man, that is one big dude."

We'll have more on Richards in the next edition of GoBlueWolverine, the Magazine.

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