Montravious Richardson (Photo by Chad Simmons)

Mississippi State verbal Montravious Richardson talks about his official visit to Starkville.

Mississippi State hosted its' final official visitors of the 2017 recruiting cycle this past weekend as the Bulldogs take the final steps towards National Signing Day on Wednesday. Long time Mississippi State commitment Montravious Richardson reports that the weekend exceeded his lofty expectations.

"The visit was great. It really was. I had a great time," Montravious Richardson said. "I got to see everything again, but I learned a lot on this trip. I had a lot of fun, but I got to really learn what is going to be like up there when I get there."

While the guided tours and informative sessions were an important part of the experience, Richardson reports that building relationships with his future coaches and teammates was an important part of his personal agenda.

"The best part of the weekend was getting closer to the coaches and getting to know all of the players better," Richardson shared. "Darryl Williams was my host and he taught me a lot. He told me all about their schedule during the off season and all of the things that they have to do. He is a different guy. He's funny. I am looking forward to playing with him."

Richardson was accompanied on the trip by several family members who appear to be completely sold on Mississippi State as both a program, but a University. 

"My mama, my sister, my brother and my grandmother went on the visit with me," Richardson said. "They loved it up there too. They want me to go there and they enjoyed being able to see where I am going to be. I think they had more fun this weekend than I did."

Before making the trip home, Richardson had the chance to sit down with Coach Dan Mullen and discuss his expectations for the future both on and off of the field of play.

"Coach Mullen told me that if I like working hard that Mississippi State is the place for me," Richardson said. "He told me that he is going to help me become a better man and a better football player. He said that they have high expectations and that they expect you to work hard in everything. 

"He said that he wants me to be prepared for life when I leave Mississippi State and that he wants me to be able to grow as a man and be able to succeed in life. He wants me to be a great football player and  great man. He said that when I leave there that he wants me to be able to take care of my family."

While some other programs have taken a swing at Richardson to test the level of commitment he has to the Bulldogs, the robust offensive tackle reports that he is not looking to play any signing day games this Wednesday.

"I am just waiting to sign now," Richardson said. "I am excited about everything and the visit just made me even more excited. It has been a long process, but I know where I am going to be and I am excited about the future."

Richardson is expected to fax his national letter of intent over to the Mississippi State football offices on Wednesday morning. There will be a media opportunity at Westover High School at 4 PM Eastern for local media outlets.


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