Chris Richards On CaliFlorida Bowl, His Recruiting

Defensive back <b>Chris Richards</b> attended the 6th Annual CaliFlorida Bowl Game held Sunday at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla. The Michigan grey-shirt commitment talked Tuesday with GoBlueWolverine Magazine about his experience, and how it has made him take a closer look at his recruitment.<br><br> Are things changing for him?<br>

The Florida team scored a 24-22 victory over the visiting California team to win the 6th Annual CaliFlorida Bowl Game held Sunday at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Michigan defensive back commitment Chris Richards was on the field for the California team and had an impressive showing -- one interception, a pass break up, and a tackle. He spent time covering the No. 1 wide receiver in the country in Fred Rouse from Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla. What did Richards think of the experience? "It was great," he said. "Going up against top players like that was really fun, it was much better than what I'm used to and it really gave me confidence that I can play with the best. I had one interception and should have had two more."

Richards said he arrived on Dec. 27. As well as attending practices the players were also shown some of the sights of Miami. "I have never been to Florida before, let alone Miami, so everything was new to me," he said. "We went to South Beach one night, then we went to a children's hospital one day. On New Year's Day we went to a Miami Heat game and I had to sneak out once in a while to check on Michigan in the Rose Bowl. I heard it was a great game but they came up short."

Richards said that his time in Florida, as well as his experience in the game, has caused him to step back and take a close look at his recruitment. While he said he is still a Michigan commit, other schools are showing interest, and he is listening. "Cal and Boise State have both offered," he said. "I'm thinking about taking a visit to Cal, and my brother wants me to come to Boise St. with him (Rashaad Richards is a freshman cornerback at Boise St). There was a guy from Florida State there and he asked me for my information so they can send me some stuff. If Florida State were to offer I'd definitely take a visit there."

The 6 foot 0, 170-pound Richards has said all along it was his desire to take a year to build up his strength and size before jumping in to college football. However, when GBW spoke with him Tuesday, the first hint surfaced that he may be reconsidering that as well. "My parents and I are starting to talk about that," he said. "You would really need to talk to them, but I think I can play right now, I don't know, we're also trying to figure out if I need to sign right away on Signing Day, since I'm going to be a greyshirt. The problem there is if I don't sign right away, and someone else comes along, then I may lose my scholarship to Michigan. Don't get me wrong, I love Michigan and plan on going there, I just want to look at all my options."

Richards said earlier that he would take the time from now until he entered college to focus on getting bigger and stronger. He is now considering participation in spring sports. "At first I wasn't going to run track," he said. "But since this is my last year of high school I think I might now; I'm not sure."

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