Richardson Ready to Rock and Roll

Spring Valley (Columbia, SC) 4-star offensive lineman Quintin Richardson was South Carolina's very first commitment in the 2007 recruiting class back in April, and he has since played an instrumental role in helping the Gamecocks land what is arguably the best recruiting class in their history.

The 6'4, 270 pound Richardson, who is rated as the #20 offensive tackle in America by, is excited that Signing Day has finally arrived.

"I'm going to fax my letter in at 7 in the morning, and then I've got a big ceremony at about 12:45 in our gym," said Richardson. "Really I'm just going to sign, and my family is going to be there. It's going to be a happy time. I‘m looking forward to it."

After recruiting several of his fellow prospects to USC, Richardson is viewed by many as the ambassador of this 2007 recruiting class, but according to Richardson, he simply told his friends to follow their hearts.

"I enjoyed it all. I'm not going to take all the credit for everything. I just told everybody to follow their heart like I did. It's turned out to be a real good class, and we're going to rock and roll when we get there."

The Palmetto State standout has kept in touch with several of his fellow commitments leading up to Signing Day, and he doesn't expect any last minute changes of heart from any of them.

"Oh yeah, I've talked with Jason Barnes. I've talked with Chris Culliver, and I talked with Wes (Saunders) before he committed. I talked with Joe Hills and all them boys. Everybody's on track, and we're going to finish in the top ten. Everything's good."

Richardson plans to begin working out with the Gamecocks in June, but in between now and then, he intends on putting the next several months to good use before beginning his college career.

"I'm spending a lot of time in the weight room. I'm working out with Accelerated Athletes in that program. I'm going to try to come in in shape and compete early."

According to Richardson, one of the goals for the 2007 recruiting class is to be a part of the first SEC Championship team at South Carolina, but he knows that winning championships doesn't come easy and can't be accomplished without hard work.

"We're just ready to get there and work hard. If we work hard enough, we know that (the possibility to win championships) is there. There's no doubt about it. We're just going to have to get in and work hard to achieve our goals."

Richardson closed by sharing a message with the Gamecock fans.

"Just tell them thank you for sticking there through the ups and the downs, and just get ready for this class."

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