Four-Star Defensive Lineman Likes NC State

Sunrise (Fl.) Piper Defensive Lineman Vladimir Richard is one of the nation's finest players, recently being tabbed a four-star prospect by He spoke briefly with StateFans about his recruitment, and we have the latest.

"It's going good," Vladimir Richard told StateFans. "I've kind of narrowed it to Miami, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, NC State, and Florida State. Those are the main ones right now."

At 6'4 and 265 pounds Richard is a terror on the football field. He plays with a high level of intensity, has great strength, blinding quickness, and wreaks havoc in the backfield. He currently plays defensive end for Piper High School, but has the potential to play inside on the next level.

"It's going to be on the defensive line for sure, but the coaches have said because my first step is so quick that I might be able to stay at end," he said.

Although he is not willing to list a leader at the moment, one school who could have a slight edge is the Florida Gators. "Vlad" camped at Florida in June and will head back to Gainesville in mid-July for their elite senior camp.

"At Florida I liked the camp," he said. "When I went up they were coaching every kid like they were on the team so I learned a lot. I feel like I could start as true freshman for them too."

Sporting offers from NC State, Georgia, Florida, and Ohio State, Richard expects offers from Miami and Florida State to be extended in the near future. It's obvious that he likes each of his favorites for different reasons.

"Miami has a great tradition with winning and they put a lot of players in the draft. I like that."

"Florida State... it's crazy up there when it's football season. They have a winning tradition and being up there would be great."

"Georgia would be a great place to play. The city has a lot of things to do and it would be interesting to go out-of-state and experience that."

"At NC State I really like the coaches. They have talked to me and I've watched a lot of their games on TV. I look at them and feel like I can fit in with them."

"I like the D-line coach at Ohio State. He produced Will Smith so I think he can teach me a lot of things to make me better."

Don't expect an early verbal from Richard, as like most south Florida stars he intends on waiting until close to signing day.

"I've always felt that the best thing to do is take all my visits and not commit early," he said. "That's the plan right now." Scouting Report: Big time defensive end prospect who helped his team to an 8-3 season in 2003. He finished the year with over 100 tackles and three sacks. He has blazing quickness and plays with incredible balance.

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