Richmond Talks OSU Visit

Memphis star offensive lineman Drew Richmond is one of the top 2015 prospects, and Ohio State is high on his list. He spoke with Derek Young about his recent trip to Columbus.

Drew Richmond is one of the top targets at offensive tackle in the 2015 class for Ohio State and he showed up in Columbus on Friday to check out the Buckeyes for the first time. It had been a trip he has anticipated taking for a couple months and his dream school did not disappoint.

"I saw everything that I was hoping to," Richmond told Scout. "I saw the buildings everywhere on campus and in the athletic part of the campus. The stadium really jumps out at you and especially for me since I've watched a lot of games in that stadium on television."

The rising junior offensive lineman from Memphis was able to sit down and speak to a few members of the Ohio State staff. He had a couple meetings with Urban Meyer in which the head coach had one constant message to the Tennessee native.

"Coach Meyer told me I was their number one offensive lineman priority in the class of 2015," Richmond explained. "He kept saying they want me and feel that I would fit in good with their team, their approach, and their scheme. They think I'm one of the best players in the entire class that they have seen. I'm at the top of their wish list."

"I spoke some to Coach (Ed) Warinner some as well," he added. "Me and him are a lot alike in that we are both kind of quiet when we meet new people, but as the visit went on we got along real well and I really like him now. Once you get to know him he's cool and really is knowledgeable about the position. Coach (Tim) Hinton is my dude though and my area recruiter. That guy is energetic and really shows how wanted I am."

One part of the trip really stuck out to Richmond and played an integral role in him enjoying his stay on Ohio State's campus.

"My favorite part was hanging out with the players," he mentioned. "It was a great experience. I was with Jalin Marshall, Vonn Bell, Ryan Shazier, Curtis Grant, and Dontre Wilson. They were all cool and welcoming. That really gave me a good feeling about the school when I was with them."

When asked if his visit to Ohio State, his dream school, had lived up to his expectations, the star left tackle for University School in Memphis had a simple answer.

"Indeed it did," he responded. "It was a very good visit. I saw why it was my dream school. Seeing the stadium and talking to Coach Meyer really made it to happen. I still need to come back and see 101,000 in the stadium for it all to come together for me I think."

"I definitely want to come back," he continued. I just looked at my schedule and I wanted to come back to Ohio State for one of their night games, against either Wisconsin or Penn State but I'm not sure I can make that happen. I'm going to try but I have some things on those weekends so I'm not sure."

Richmond has no favorites and has pushed his timetable back a bit further than what he had planned.

"I'm actually not sure of when I will decide on a school anymore," he said. "At one point I wanted to commit soon after my junior season but I think I want to remain uncommitted a little longer because then schools can actively recruit me a little more after my junior season."

"I don't have any favorites right now but I have some visits I want to make still," Richmond acknowledged. "I'm on my way to Louisville and Vanderbilt now and I'll be at Georgia on July 12. I'll probably be at Alabama sometime in July too."

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