SMU has targeted quite a few defensive backs in the Class of 2013 and picked up a commitment from American Heritage (FL) safety Darrion Richardson on Sunday night after he got home from his official visit.
"I decided to commit because I talked to my dad after I got home, and I told him I really liked SMU. He supported me and was really happy," Richardson said. "I can see myself at SMU for the next four years. When I called Coach (Derrick) Odum to let him know, he said he couldn't wait to have me."
Richardson wasn't initially planning to commit but said his official visit convinced him that SMU was truly the place for him.
"Everything went well. I liked the campus and the facilities and the stadium," Richardson said. "My favorite part was playing in an NCAA video game tournament with all of the players. I really think I can fit in with them. I also really liked eating at Texas De Brazil with Daniel Roundtree and Ajee Montes and Coach Odum. The food was so good."
Roundtree, who also attended American Heritage before going the JUCO route, gave Richardson some advice not only about playing football at SMU but also the academic part of being a student-athlete.
"He was telling me it's not that hard to get used to SMU because everybody is friendly," Richardson said. "He told me that the coaches were great, and that I would really like it. He also said that SMU was a good school and that if I needed help, there are always people available to help so I really liked that."
The 6-foot, 195-pound defensive back says he can't wait to arrive on the Hilltop especially after his conversation with Odum. Richardson feels he can come in and make in immediate impact and was glad to have some reassurance from his future position coach.
"He said to come in and to work hard. He told me he wasn't afraid to start freshmen. That made me feel good because I'm going to do whatever it takes to start," Richardson said. "He's very cool and laid back, and I think I'll enjoy playing for him."
Richardson added that his commitment is ‘100 percent' solid, but he may still take official visits to Cincinnati, Marshall and UMass.
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