His offers range from Ole Miss, Michigan State and Oregon, to Alabama, Clemson and Florida State. He can go anywhere he wants, really. But only one school offers the opportunity to play close to his home in Memphis, Tenn.
So he has some thinking to do.
“It was pretty good,” Richardson said Sunday following this official visit to Ole Miss. “I enjoyed myself and got to know all the coaches. I got to meet all the new coaches. It was a good positive vibe about the trip. (Ole Miss being close to home) is a big deal, but it all just depends on how I’m feeling.”
Ole Miss is currently without a running back commitment for the 2017 class, which isn’t lost on Richardson, who is ranked as the No. 101 overall player by Scout.com and the No. 8 running back.
“(Ole Miss running backs) Coach (Derrick) Nix and I have a good relationship,” Richardson said. “He told me I was coming in at a good time and wants to go into a season with five running backs, so it’s a perfect time.
“(Ole Miss needing a running back) plays a good role. Ole Miss has a 90 percent chance.”
Richardson said the best thing about Ole Miss is “it’s close to home and the relationship I have with the coaches.” Ole Miss is a late entrant into the chase for Richardson, a former Clemson commitment who has also visited Central Florida. Richardson is scheduled to visit Oregon next week, and he’s also hoping to see Oklahoma as well.
“We’ll see how that plays out,” he said of the trip to Eugene. “I want to take all my visits. Growing up Oregon had been my dream school and I finally got an offer. I want to see how it looks.”
Richardson said Ole Miss, Oregon and UCF are his top schools.
“UCF, the coaches are cool and all the same,” he said. “It’s a new staff that brings a positive energy.”
The addition of Richardson would certainly be a boost for Ole Miss. The Rebels lost their starting running back in 2016, Akeem Judd, to graduation, though they return senior Jordan Wilkins, juniors Eric Swinney and Eugene Brazley and sophomore D’Vaughn Pennamon.
Richardson ran for almost 5,000 yards during his career at Trezevant High School and was named Tennessee’s Mr. Football after this past season. In total, Richardson combined to rush for 4,030 yards on 446 carries, scoring 29 touchdowns. As a junior, Richardson ran for 342 yards in leading Trezevant to a 2A state title.
“I met with (Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze) yesterday,” he said. “We just talked about how the offensive scheme is and the running back situation. They told me they will use the running backs a lot more than they have. “
All in all, the 5-foot-11, 222-pound Richardson is ready to see the recruiting process come to an end.
“I ain’t going to lie to you,” he said, “I’ve been tired of the recruiting process, but I had to do it.”