Three-star safety Bryson Richardson’s spring went from calm to, well crazy. Richardson was a Tennessee commitment before re-opening his recruitment in January.
With another crack at recruitment, Richardson is bringing a new approach to the process.
“You have to be really patient during the whole recruiting process,” Richardson said. “You need to take your visits, all schools that you like, all that offer you, as much as possible. It's a humbling process and takes a toll on you.”
Richardson’s spring has been filled up with visits at Kentucky, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Stanford and Minnesota. Many of these vists are in along the east coast, but he is open to attending a school no matter the location.
“It would always be nice to stay close to home and stay close to the family,” Richardson said. “It comes to the point where if you get a chance to play big-time college ball, I'm willing to go anywhere to get the opportunity to do that.”
His visit to Stanford helped him gain perspective on what the program is like and what the campus is like.
“It's very diverse. You have people coming from all across the country and state at the world Stanford is a very prestigious school. The have high expectations for student athletes.”
Those expectations were expressed with the football program as well. While Richardson isn’t offered by Stanford yet, he is hopeful the Cardinal’s process plays out and an offer will come.
“Talking to coach (defensive backs coach Duane Akina), he said people don't even get offered until late in the season,” Richardson said. “They are really picky about who they offer and academics come into it as well. They are just looking for some of the best players.”
Richardson’s hot spring can also be partially attributed to his versatility on the defensive side.
“I'm very physical and versatile. When I say physical, I mean I'm really aggressive. I like to hit, that's why I play defense and when I say versatile, I mean you can spread me all over the field I can play safety, I can play corner, I can play nickel, I can do it all. I use that as an advantage to help my team out.”
He is using this spring to help his stock rise and be a presence on the defense.
“I'm trying to improve my craft so when people look at me, they say we have to prepare for him I'm trying to be that guy. Every day I'm working to improve myself mentally and physically to get myself where I want to be.”
Richardson said some schools are jumping out to him, but he did not want to disclose those at this time. When asked if Stanford would be a part of that group if an offer came, the defensive back said, “Absolutely” and the opportunity would be “real hard to pass up.”
Richardson does not currently have concrete plans for visits this spring and summer.