Richardson Picks Up Offer

Last week SMU extended an offer to American Heritage (FL) safety Darrion Richardson. Is he interested?

Despite the additions of J'Marcus Rhodes and Myles Crosby, SMU is still looking to add more safeties to the Class of 2013. Last Thursday, defensive backs coach Derrick Odum extended an offer to American Heritage (FL) safety Darrion Richardson.

"I think his name is Coach Odum. I'm not sure," Richardson said. "Anyway, he came out to my practice and watched me. He said he liked what he saw. Then he went back and watched my film and offered two weeks later."

With an offer now in hand, Richardson says he hopes to keep in contact with Odum and looks forward to learning more about SMU. But as of right now, his interest level is not very high.

"I don't know a lot about SMU. I really don't know anything about them," Richardson said. "Coach Odum said I could come in and start as a freshman if I worked hard. He also talked about the Big East so that's a plus because I'll get to play better competition. Right now, SMU is about the same as the other schools."

That is other schools besides Cincinnati. Richardson holds a total of seven offers but Cincinnati is the clear-cut favorite over Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Massachusetts, Middle Tennessee State, SMU and Western Michigan and is the only school that is guaranteed to receive an official visit from the 6-foot, 195-pounder.

"Cincinnati is definitely at the top right now. I really like them because they show me the most love," Richardson said. "They keep in contact with me all the time, and I have a good relationship with the coaches. I think it's a good opportunity for me."

Richardson says he will make a decision when it gets closer to National Signing Day and has no visits scheduled for this fall.

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