Richmond Reacts to SMU Offer

Mansfield Timberview DB Shaquille Richmond recently committed to Kansas, but that doesn't mean SMU is backing down. The Mustangs offered the 2015 DB last week.

SMU already has a commitment from Mansfield Timberview WR Myron Gailliard and the Mustangs are looking for another one of the Wolves to jump on board.

2015 defensive back Shaquille Richmond committed to Kansas last week, but SMU still offered.

“They came up to the school before the dead period and before I had even committed to Kansas and told me they were going to offer me, but wanted to go back and do their evaluations first so Van Malone just confirmed my offer,” Richmond said.

Even with his commitment, Richmond is still going to listen to other colleges.

“I’m committed to Kansas, but at the same time I’m still open to hear from other colleges and will probably take some visits to other colleges,” the 6-0, 180-pound defensive back said.

Richmond couldn’t be sure if he was going to take a visit to SMU, saying he’d check his schedule.

It’s a plus to Richmond that Gailliard is committed to SMU, but the pair knows they could still end up at different schools.

“If I do take my visit, I will probably take my visit same weekend as Myron,” Richmond said. “We talked about it, but at the same time we know we might go our other ways, but we know it might be a good thing to play together in college.”

Richmond hasn’t visited Kansas, but Richmond was impressed with new Kansas coach David Beaty and committed shortly after being offered.

“Coach Beaty is a good coach and I knew how good of a coach he was at A&M,” Richmond said. “I know how good the staff he’s bringing in is so I just wanted to be a part of that team that changed the program at KU.”

The big selling point was playing time for Richmond, as Kansas graduates their two starting corner backs.

SMU has Van Malone at defensive coordinator and that’s a selling point to Richmond as well as Chad Morris as head coach, who perked Richmond’s interest.

Richmond hasn’t heard too much from other programs with the dead period, but said reexamining his commitment would be a big decision.

“Right now, I really don’t know with the dead period and really not being able to talk to anybody, but I would have to talk to my parents,” Richmond said.

Mansfield Timberview went 9-2 and advanced in the playoffs, but Richmond said it was a successful season.

“My senior season went very well. We lost in the second round of the playoffs to Ennis, which was devastating, but we did real good,” Richmond said. “It ended earlier than we thought it should. I was really proud of my personal accomplishments.”

Richmond finished with six interceptions including one for a touchdown with two forced fumbles.

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