To say the last week has been trying for defensive back Chris Richards of Monroe High School in North Hills, Calif., and his family would be putting it midly. After seriously considering changing his commitment from Michigan to Cal, Richards decided to stick with his prior commitment to the Wolverines. But that wasn't the only decision to be made. There still remained the issue of which class Richards will enroll. "We all talked it over with Ron (English) and Chris will be a part of this class," Mrs. Richards said. "His father and I were leaning towards Chris sticking with his greyshirt, but he's grown so much in the last year that he feels he can go in right away." A greyshirt means Richards would have enrolled in January 2006.
When Richards first committed to the Wolverines he was 5-foot-11, 147-pounds. His size, coupled with the fact that he is only 16, made a greyshirt appear to be the logical choice. However, since then Mrs. Richards said her son has grown over an inch and added at least 20 pounds.
Richards gained National attention with a stellar performance in the CaliFlorida Bowl game held Jan. 2 in Miami, Fla. His mother said she and Chris' father went along on the trip and said it was a great experience for Chris. "I think we're going to send him back there as a graduation present," Mrs. Richards said. "He really enjoyed Miami."
Chris Richards Decides Which Class He Will Enter
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