Canadian linebacker Tyrell Richards burst onto Syracuse's radar at a satellite camp at The Hun School. Richards was a previously unknown prospect, but had a chance to prove himself in front of the Orange coaches. He did just that.
But the offer did not come at that point. Syracuse wanted to see him again just to make sure the performance was not a fluke. So he arrived at one of Syracuse's on campus camps in June. He was impressive once again, picked up an offer, and committed on the spot.
Richards checks in at 6-foot-3, 218-pounds. He is a versatile prospect who can play inside or outside backer.
Since committing, Richards says he maintains regular communication with the Orange staff. Specifically, linebackers coach Tom Kaufman.
"Coach Kaufman actually just got me to call him," Richards said. "We've been staying in touch quite a bit."
Richards says he has a standing invitation to visit anytime he is able. His summer, however, has been filled with workouts and practices. That has prevented a return trip to SU. That said, he plans on taking his official in either December or January and is hopeful he will return for an unofficial sometime this fall.
Speaking of those workouts, Richards says his primary focus this offseason has been lateral quickness. He continues to work on that not only to help him have a strong senior season, but to prepare himself for the college game.
In order to do that, Richards says he has been focusing on lower body workouts and lateral drills with bands.
In addition to communication with the Syracuse staff and offseason workouts, Richards has been in touch with a fellow Orange commit. Three-star wide receiver Joshua Palmer.
"We just talk to see how each other are doing," Richards said. "Little things like that."
The two are familiar with each other as they were teammates in Canada early in their high school careers. Richards says they are excited about reuniting in college and helping a Syracuse resurgence.