Player Profile: Darrion Richardson

Demo previews SMU defensive back Darrion Richardson in the latest 2015 Pony Stampede player profile!

Position: Defensive Back
Size: 6-0, 195
Year: Junior
High School: American Heritage
Hometown: Delray Beach, Fla.

Recruitment

Darrion Richardson came to the Hilltop ranked as a two-star and as the No. 174 ranked safety by Scout. He had offers from Cincinnati, Western Michigan, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State among others, but chose SMU. Richardson committed to SMU after an official visit in December of his senior year and was recruited by Derrick Odum out of Florida.

2014 Recap

Last season Richardson started all 12 games for the Mustangs, racking up 69 tackles (good for third on the team). He registered at least five tackles in eight games. He was never overly impressive, but he was steady. He was reliable. When he was on the field you could depend on him to be in his spot and to at least contest passes. He was only credited for four pass breakups, but if felt like a lot more. Overall, a solid season from Richardson.
Grade: B-

2015 Outlook

We should see more from Richardson this upcoming season. After establishing himself as a reliable contributor to the defensive effort, Richardson should be able to excel in the new system. With it being his junior season, it would not be outside the realm of possibilities to see him have a really strong season. I don’t see anyone overtaking him as a starter, but that can always change once we get into camp. If he can improve coverage wise, he could be one of the Mustangs best defensive players. He’s already proven that he can step up and make tackles—that’s important—but we need to see him break up more than just four passes. SMU doesn’t need one trick ponies—it needs athletes that can do it all.


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