U-M Experience Already Fulfilling for Richards

After a summer of bonding with teammates and preparing for college life, California born defensive back Chris Richards is now ready to begin the next phase of his career. GoBlueWolverine Magazine caught up with Richards at media day on Monday to discuss his summer and what it was that made Michigan such an attractive option.

For those that followed the 2005 recruiting class closely, it's hard to forget the late scare that Chris Richards provided the Wolverine coaching staff with. After originally accepting an offer to greyshirt, an offer from the Cal Bears caused the 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback to question his decision to attend Michigan. In the end, however, the Wolverines were just too much for Cal to overcome.

"I just looked over everything and the best thing for my future was Michigan," explained Richards. "It was just the way I connected with the players and everything. When I was out here on my trips and during camp I just felt like it was really the best place for me. I couldn't see myself no where else now that I'm here."

Now in Ann Arbor for good, Richards couldn't be more satisfied with his decision. " I love Ann Arbor," Richards told GoBlueWolverine Magazine at media day on Monday. "It's been great. A lot of people ask why I chose Ann Arbor and why I chose Michigan. It's just the people. It's great out here. I don't even know what to say about it. I love the people. I love the team."

Following his high school graduation, Richards made his way to Ann Arbor for the summer on July 5. Since then, the California native has spent time getting to know his new teammates.

"Everybody's real cool," he said. "The freshman class...I'm glad to see we're bonding really good. We're tight and do everything together. Back when I went home last week I kept in contact with most of the freshman. I'm really close with Carson Butler, Chris McLaurin, Eugene Germany, Johnny Sears, and Brandon Harrison. We're all real cool. Antonio Bass too. He's going to be my roommate."

It hasn't been just the freshman opening up to Richards. Darnell Hood (who was Richards roommate for the summer), Jason Avant, and Jamar Adams have also been around to ease Chris' transition from high school to college. "They've been showing me the right type of person to be," Richards said. "They got me back into the church and I really want to thank them for that. The thing that I liked about Michigan that I didn't see when I was being recruited by Cal and SC was the family aspect of it. Here at Michigan everyone treats you like a brother. Anything I need, I know I can always call anybody. I just love that about Michigan."

With fall camp now underway and the beginning of his Michigan career officially upon him, Richards is getting a greater appreciation for what it means to be a Wolverine.

"It's a feeling that I can't explain," said Richards. "You work so hard to get to this point and you see the helmets running out and flying around. You hear about it and it's the most recognizable uniform in the country. It's not just the helmet, it's putting on the Maize and Blue uniform. It's just something special and something I thank god for. I love it."

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