Heels meet with Chris Richard

The Carolina coaching staff visited on Friday with Chris Richard, the 6-9 junior from Lakeland, Fla. <i>Inside Carolina</i>'s Jeff Goodman spoke with the star power forward about the visit.

So far, Chris Richard has had four of in-home visits. Florida came in two weeks ago and offered a scholarship. Alabama and Florida State did the same this past week. Miami is due in this week and has already extended an offer. Matt Doherty, joined by assistant Fred Quartlebaum, met with the 6-9, 225-pound Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen power forward, but didn't pull the trigger quite yet.

"He's the only one who hasn't yet," said Richard, who is expecting to field offers from Maryland and Indiana during in-homes this week. "He was saying that he isn't going to come straight out and offer like all the other schools.

"He wasn't going to offer until he was real sure. He said that you don't get married on the first date."

Richard is intriguing to many coaches because he is a body that reminds many of Maryland's Chris Wilcox. He's powerful and is quick off his feet, but he's raw offensively. He has a good baby hook, according to one Division I assistant coach, and has a great work ethic.

Richard averaged 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocks on a Kathleen team that was led by UConn-signee Rashad Anderson.

He said that while the Gators were his dream school growing up, he doesn't have a clear-cut leader at this time.

"I just want to weigh my options," Richard said. "Everything has evened out right now."

Richard also added that UNC didn't have much of a chance – until he met with Doherty on Friday.

"I wasn't really interested in them at all until I met Coach Doherty," he added. "I really liked what he was saying. I can be a part of rebuilding that team and that's pretty good. He was really cool."

Richard, who plays for the Tallahassee Wildcats, isn't planning on making his decision until November. He is a bright kid and an honor student who is already eligible after receiving a 17 on the ACT.

"It was my first try," Richard said. "I'm going to take it again and shoot for a 22."

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