After completing his fourth and final high school season, American Heritage (FL) defensive back Darrion Richardson was selected to compete with some of the best athletes from Florida and Georgia at the very first Prep and Sports High School All-Star Game.
Richardson's Florida squad, comprised of a number of Division-I caliber athletes from the Palm Beach area, pulled out a lopsided 29-7 victory over Georgia in which the Florida team's defense snagged five interceptions. One of those interceptions came from Richardson himself.
"It was a fun experience," Richardson said. "Most of the people on the team I had played with them before. I had an interception, a couple key tackles and a big hit."
Richardson, who started at safety, said that in comparison with the other talent present on the field, he felt he was ‘right at the top.'
The 6-foot, 195-pound momentum shifter has been known to lay the wood and will join an SMU secondary that could use a sure tackler after a year in which they struggled to bring down athletes such as Johnny Manziel and Latavius Murray.
Richardson, who took his official visit shortly after the conclusion of SMU's regular season, said the really felt comfortable around the team and inside the facilities and has developed a great relationship with SMU secondary coach Derrick Odum.
Richardson says that he anticipates building a great career as a Mustang and sees himself competing for a starting spot next year.
"I can see myself there for four years," Richardson said. "I can see myself coming in and starting."
Richardson got a chance to connect with another Florida native in SMU safety Daniel Roundtree, who acted as his host while he was on the Hilltop. Richardson said Roundtree told him that SMU was a great school with a great coaching staff.
Richardson will get to SMU this summer and is excited to get to the Hilltop but in the meantime will be doing a number of different training activities to remain in good shape as well as become more flexible. Richardson says his ultimate goal is to get to the NFL.
"I'm going to continue to work out," Richardson said. "I'm going to lift weights, do some conditioning and try to take a yoga class so I can get more flexible. I'm trying to make it to the league."
Richardson Shines In All-Star Game
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