Montravious Richardson of Westover High School (GA) was among several talented offensive linemen working under the direction of Mississippi State offensive line coach John Hevesy last month during the annual Big Dawg Camp. Once that event was over, Richardson found out that he had an offer to play for the Maroon and White.
"After the camp was over, I was talking with the coaches and they were talking about offering me," Richardson said. "My heart was beating so fast, I just couldn't believe it. When they offered me, my jaw just dropped. Getting your first offer is something you always dream about and getting the first one from an SEC school just makes it even better."
Richardson reports that he felt good about the Bulldogs prior to the offer, because of his relationship with the Mississippi State coaching staff namely OL boss Hevesy.
"Mississippi State is the only school I liked enough to visit twice," Richardson said. "I really like Coach Hevesy. He makes the drills fun and he wants you to get better. When I was at the Big Dawg camp, he was fun and real energetic. I think I would enjoy playing for him."
Shortly after receiving an offer from the Bulldogs of Mississippi State, a school closer to home, Georgia State, threw their hats into the ring.
"I haven't been to camp there or anything like that," Richardson said. "They want me to come up there for a game this season and see the school and meet the coaches. They offered me back on Friday. It's good to have options and new offers."
A handful of schools maintain regular contact with the 6-6, 300 pounder including Georgia State, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State and Oregon State. From the sound of things, the Bulldogs have the lead with a possible decision coming over the course of the next few weeks.
"Mississippi State is standing out to me right now," Richardson said. "They haven't talked to me about committing or anything like that. They just told me about the offer and that they would be in touch with me.
"I am thinking about making my decision around my birthday next month or around the middle of the season. I am just going to let the process play out for a little while longer and see what happens before I make my commitment."
Richardson will look to lead Westover High School this fall as they look to improve on last season's two win season. The Patriots open up on August 27th at Monroe High School in Albany, Georgia.