UNC Visit Impresses Richardson

Saturday's visit to North Carolina has altered Raysean Richardson's feelings toward the Tar Heels.

"I really didn't like North Carolina before," Richardson said. "But after going, I really like it.

"It was a good environment and the campus was huge. It seemed like there was a lot to do there."

Richardson, a 5-foot-11, 183-pound athlete from Chesapeake (Va.) Smith, made the visit with his uncle, teammate Quintae Funderburke, and fellow Tidewater area recruits Travis Hughes, Demetrius Nicholson, Daquan Romero, Caleb Taylor, and Mason Thomas.

Saturday's visit, which was Richardson's first to the campus, revolved around UNC's football practice.

"I liked how it was real organized," Richardson said. "Everybody knew what to do and where to go. It seemed like they were having a good time while they were working hard."

Richardson's stay also included a campus tour and conversations with a few of UNC's coaches.

"I told them a little about me and they were telling me everything about North Carolina," Richardson said.

What they didn't discuss was the status of a possible scholarship offer for Richardson.

Richardson has received a scholarship offer from Syracuse. He's also being recruiting by most of the schools within the region, especially Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Richardson is being recruited as both an outside linebacker and strong safety. He's unsure what position UNC is projecting him, but during Saturday's practice the staff had him pay attention to its linebackers.

As a freshman, Richardson started at strong safety for Smith. He moved to outside linebacker his sophomore season and then inside linebacker last year. He ended his junior campaign with 77 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception, which he returned for a touchdown.

Besides UNC, Richardson has visited Maryland, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. He doesn't have any future trips scheduled, but hopes to make it up to Syracuse at some point.

Richardson isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment and doesn't claim any favorite schools.

"I'm still neutral," Richardson said.

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