Recruiting Analysis: WR Torian Richardson

With the recent commitment of talented QB Chas Dodd to Rutgers, there has been talk about other possible members from his Byrnes HS(SC) football team also possibly showing legitimate interest. Expectedly, those reports are at best conflicting at this point. Never-the-less, we here at SOR decided to take a look at those prospects.

Lets take a look and see what possible attributes these young players could possibly contribute to the overall success of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. We are going to start off with Torian Richardson.

The first thing that stands out is that Torian obviously has terrific chemistry with Chas Dodd. Their mental connection allows them to make plays where they didn't originally exist.

Richardson comes from a strong pedigree being that his father was one of the best receivers ever to come out of the state of South Carolina. Torian appears to share some of those same traits that made his father so good. He's a pretty fluid receiver.

Although, he does not appear to be overly fast and reportedly runs a 4.6 forty, he has an impressively quick "get-off" and the distinct ability to come back to the football and bail his quarterback out when in trouble. Richardson also has the ability to modestly use his hands and body before the catch to create space to catch the football.

Torian displays strong hand-eye coordination. He catches the football with his hands and looks it into his body. He ensures that the football is caught before worrying about what he is going to do with it afterwards. This trait only increases his sure-handedness.

Richardson gets his shoulders around in order to provide the QB with a big target although in actually he only stands 5'10 ½ and 175 lbs. He also displays the ability to sit down in open spaces of the field to ensure the QB a destination to throw the football.

The talented young WR can catch fast balls in tight spaces and appears sure-handed and reliable. He displays solid field vision which is best displayed when running wide receiver screens or in open space on special teams returns. Torian can also extend to catch the football. Although he appears to lumber a bit, he gets where he is going and seems tough to tackle not necessarily because of his elusively but more because of his compact strength.

I feel that Torian has the ability to help an FBS program, although I see him as more of a reliable possession receiver than a game-breaker; the type or receiver who comes thru during the fourth quarter and tough third down conversions. Check him out:

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