Oklahoma Impresses Richmond

Another talented prospect that was able to attend the Sooners junior day back on January 30th was Jordan Richmond, linebacker out of Denton Ryan HS in Denton (TX). The visit really opened Richmond's eyes to what the Sooners have to offer. He talked about that along with playing on probably the best defense in the state of Texas this past year.

This past season Denton Ryan HS fielded possibly the most talented and dominating defense in the state of Texas each and every weekend they took the field. In this day and age of high school football it's usually a high powered offense that takes you all the way to the championship game. For Ryan it was their defense that was mostly responsible.

One of the key players on that defense was Jordan Richmond, who states he currently stands at about 6-foot-1 and 220-pounds. Playing physical and fast helped Richmond finish the year as the leading tackler for his squad which is loaded with D1 talent across the board. He finished with 138-tackles, 20-tackles for loss, 9-pass break ups, 2 sacks and 2-forced fumbles.

Playing with other talented stars on his defensive squad really helps Richmond he says.

"It was a good experience because I got to play with a lot of talent around me. It already helps me out because I get to play with all these stars but I just love my team really. We just play good as a whole."

A little over a week ago Richmond decided to take a trip up I-35N to Norman for the Sooners second junior day along with his parents. It was the talented linebacker's first trip to Oklahoma.

"I thought everything was great," Richmond said. "The facility was great. Everything was great and it was better than I expected and I had never even been to Oklahoma so everything I saw really caught my eye."

Richmond's parents were also impressed with what they saw while visiting the campus with their son.

"They loved everything about it also. All three of us just really were impressed with everything."

Oklahoma defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brent Venables took time to sit one on one with Richmond and let him know what he thinks about him.

"Oh I got along real well with coach," Richmond said about him and Coach Venables. "I got a chance to get a little one on one time with him after the junior day so. He basically just talked to me and told me how I really met his standards and how he liked me as a person and a football player. I got a chance to give him my new and updated highlight tape so he told me he was going to check it out. He told me that he wants me to keep in touch with him."

Coach Venables track record speaks for itself, so when he let Richmond know that he fit his kind of standards that left Richmond feeling good about himself.

"It made me feel real good," Richmond said about Venables comments. "He had a lot of pictures on his wall of linebackers that had gone to the NFL. I could tell this guy knows what he is doing. Just looking at his record I could tell he knows what he is doing so hearing that from him is big."

Texas A&M is Richmond's only offer as of right now and Oklahoma is obviously showing interest as well as Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Auburn, Oregon, TCU, Alabama, and Stanford. Out of all those there are two that standout to Richmond so far.

"I would probably say my top two right now is (Texas) A&M and Oklahoma. Those are my top two right now."

Before his senior season kicks off Richmond is looking to decide on where he will take his talents to play at the next level.

"I actually want to commit sometime going into my senior year like before the season started or sometime around there. Maybe spring time," Richmond explained.

Richmond states he may be done with the junior day scene even though he says he might head to Arkansas junior day but isn't sure at this moment in time. One thing he does seem to be sure of is that he wants to get back to Norman again soon.

"Coach told me I just need to get in touch with him so he can let me know when's a good time to come back because he said he wants me to come back for a practice and I can sit in a meeting and everything. I would like to do that."

Stay tuned to Sooners Illustrated to follow Richmond's recruiting process moving forward.

-Greg Powers-

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