Longtime Missouri commit and 2015 slot receiver prospect Richaud Floyd 5’11” 170 Gulfport (MS) finally got to see his future home in person. On the final weekend of the recruiting cycle (1-30-15), Floyd took his official visit to Missouri, and afterwards, he spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com about it.
“My visit went pretty well,” said Floyd. “I got to meet some football players. Nate Brown was my host. I love the campus! And I love the family atmosphere! Coach Pinkel really sold me on the whole family atmosphere that they have, and the academics. He said that if I come in and work hard, I probably have a chance to compete for a starting spot. That really helped me out. After I visited, I know I made the right decision.”
In the end, Floyd chose Missouri over offers from Alcorn, Cincinnati, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, Southern Miss, and USF, in addition to interest from Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Stanford. This visit was not only his first time seeing Missouri, it was the only official visit he has taken.
Floyd said that after he committed to Missouri, some other P5 schools came after him.
“I just told them that I was committed to Missouri,” explained Floyd. “I think Auburn was just interested because I was committed to Missouri…………………………………….. Those other schools don’t really interest me. They missed out on me. They had their chance (before I committed to Missouri).”
Floyd played QB for his high school team this year. Coach Washington has told Floyd that Missouri wants him as a slot receiver. Floyd is an extremely fast and talented multi-sport athlete who was a defensive specialist on Gulfport’s Class 6-A state champion basketball team last year. He’s currently playing basketball. Last spring, Floyd gave up playing center field for the school’s baseball team to run track, where he posted a personal best time in the 100 meters of 10. 41 seconds. He’s going to try to better his 100-meter time this spring. He’s been timed at 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash, to go along with a 35” standing vertical jump. Last year, he played wide receiver at Gulfport, and he had 80 receptions for 1007 yards and 10 TDs. He also played corner and returned kicks for Gulfport.
As a former WR, CB, and QB, Floyd, who is a very good student, has some experience reading defenses, so that should help his chances to get his speed on the field early at Mizzou.
Floyd will sign with Missouri and arrive on campus in June.
Floyd credited his relationship with Coach Washington for his decision to become a Missouri Tiger.
“It was all Coach Washington,” said Floyd. “He made me feel like I really belonged at Missouri, that it’s really the place for me. I’m ready to get up there and play for him.”