"I am committed to Mississippi State," Montravious Richardson said. "I am really excited about the future there and I am glad to have my decision made. I talked to Coach (Dan) Mullen earlier today and I told him that I was ready to be a Bulldog. I am about to let Coach (John) Hevesy know right now."
The Mississippi State coaching staff did their part to make Richardson feel part of the family when he offered his commitment. Feeling wanted by his future coaches provided the Georgia Peach all of the motivation he needed to make the call.
"Mississippi State was the main program that talked to me about doing me work and about the things that I needed to do to play for them," Richardson said. "The really pushed for me and they told me that they wanted me to be a part of their family. They made me feel like family and they have a plan for me. No other school came close."
Richardson reports that the decision to commit to Mississippi State is something that his entire family is on board with. In the end it was a personal decision, but having the family endorsement was an important part of things.
"My family has known that I wanted to commit to Mississippi State ever since I got the offer," Richardson said. "I know they would have supported me no matter what, but they are just happy for me and proud for me. This is a chance to go and play with and against the best of the best in the SEC."
With his decision now behind him, Richardson can focus on his senior season on the field and in the classroom. The demands of the recruiting process will no longer provide a distraction for the 6-6, 300 pounder.
"I had a lot of people asking when I was going to do it and where I was going to go," Richardson said. "It's out there now, so I don't have to really worry about any of that anymore. I can just focus on my team and on getting my work done."
The Bulldogs have made offensive line recruiting a priority in this class. Richardson is now the fifth offensive line prospect and 22nd overall to pledge his college allegiance to Mississippi State for the 2017 signing class. Richardson believes that his class has the chance to do some special things in Starkville.
"We have a big class coming together," Richardson said. "I believe we are going to be able to surprise some people once we get up there. We already have a good team and I believe we are going to add something to it and do some big things while we are there."