Richardson discusses SMU commitment

Saturday was a victory for SMU in more ways than one, with the Mustangs winning on the field vs. Marshall and also scoring a commitment from Central (Baton Rouge) cornerback James Richardson. Why did Richardon choose SMU? Read further for more details.

"I loved it," said new SMU commit James Richardson in regard to his official visit to Dallas this weekend. "Before I made the trip, I was planning on committing, but I wanted to make sure that it was how I expected.

"I had a lot of fun and it was a great time. The game was good, the team is good, and SMU is a building program."

Richardson is the third SMU commitment from the talent-rich southeast Louisiana region, joining Dunham (Baton Rouge) WR Nyle Johnson and St. Paul's (Covington) WR Jermaine Sams.

"We love it," Richardson said when asked about the trio building a Louisiana pipeline to The Hilltop. "We hope that this will be a stepping stone that will help other players from our area come to SMU.

"My mom wanted me to come to SMU. It's much closer than some of the other schools that are recruiting me, and she's going to try and come see me play as much as possible."

How did the coaches react to his verbal?

"Coach (Jeff) Reinebold was excited," Richardson laughed. "He got overly excited. He and Jeremy Gray stood out as making a big impression on me this weekend. I liked everybody."

Richardson has a previously-scheduled official visit to Michigan set for December. What are his plans there?

"I would still like to take the trip, just to check things out," he said. "But I highly doubt that I would change my mind about SMU."

Jermaine Sams, who played a large role in Richardson's recruitment, was pleased about the newest addition to the Mustangs' recruiting class.

"It's a nice class that's getting stronger," said Sams.

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