LOI #9: Will Richardson

Burlington (NC) Cummings offensive lineman Will Richardson has signed with NC State!

Will Richardson
Scout Ranking: ***
Scout Rank: No. 94 offensive tackle
Size: 6-6, 308 pounds
Hometown: Burlington (NC)
School: Cummings High School

Projected Position At NC State: Offensive Tackle

Accolades: two-time Times-News All-Region selection, selected to Shrine Bowl

Commit Date: January 20, 2014

Recruiting Scene: Early on NC State appeared to be the team to beat for Richardson but Virginia and Florida State were clearly teams that posed a serious threat for his commitment.

Richardson made an unofficial trip to Virginia last May and to the surprise of some, committed to the Cavs.

However, the Pack laid the ground work for a potential flip when they hosted him for the Syracuse game in October. They followed that up with an official visit in December and that trip put State squarely back in the mix.

Perhaps the thing that tilted this battle in the Wolfpack's favor was the week Richardson spent with several State commitments down at the Shrine Bowl. They relentlessly recruited Richardson for the Pack.

Still, things seemed to point in UVA's favor after a January official visit to Charlottesville. The Wolfpack coaches had a different plan however and were waiting on him to return home for an in-home visit. The next day Richardson flipped his commitment to the Wolfpack.

Why NC State? "NC State was just the better place for me. I think I would fit in there a lot better than UVa. Just people there and the people I connected with on my official visit and playing with the guys I played with at the Shrine Bowl..all the things that connected me to them, I just felt like I needed to join them."

Picked NC State Over: Virginia, Florida State, Virginia Tech and many others

Scouting Report: "Richardson has a tremendous frame and better agility than one would expect from a 300+ pound lineman. He is a masher in the run game, generating tremendous leverage and leg drive which allows him to bull doze running lanes on the high school level. Richardson is still developing in pass protection and that's probably the one area he'll need to refine once he gets to college. However, based on his overall athleticism and work ethic, that certainly shouldn't be an issue." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams

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