Richardson loves Rocky Top game day

Tennessee's top high school prospect Antonio Richardson recently made an unofficial visit to Rocky Top for the Vols game against Florida. Go "Inside" to get his thoughts on how recruiting is going and when he will make his final decision.

Life can get a little hectic being the No. 1 recruit from your home state.

Ensworth High School offensive tackle Antonio Richardson, the state of Tennessee's No. 1 overall prospect by Scout.com, can relate to this feeling.

Ensworth High School entered this season not losing a regular season game for two years and then lost their first two games.

"Things started out a little sluggish," Antonio Richardson's father said. "It probably did this team a lot of good to lose their first two games, they are refocused and playing their best ball right now."

Back-to-back wins against two top ranked teams has Richardson's team back where most expected them to be - one of the state's top squads.

Richardson, who has over 20 official offers, is trying to stay focused on his high school senior season rather than recruiting at this point.

InsideTennessee.com recently reached Richardson to get his thoughts about recruiting and how his unofficial visit to the Tennessee vs. Florida game went.

"The atmosphere at the Tennessee vs. Florida game is everything people say it would be," Richardson said. "I was impressed with how hard they played, UT never quit, despite how young a ball club they have."

Another thing that apparently impressed the standout offensive lineman was how new Head Coach Derek Dooley is handling this season so far.

"He is probably not happy right now how things are going," Richardson said. "He can't be mad at their efforts. The team seems to have really bought into his program."

It appears that Richardson wasn't the only one to enjoy his experience at Rocky Top during his visit.

"The entire coaching staff was really happy to see me, they always show me a lot of love when I go up there," Richardson said. "They are always telling me how important I am to this class, how much they need me."

What team is recruiting Richardson the hardest right now?

"That's a hard question to answer," Richardson said. "Tennessee, Louisville, USC, Notre Dame and Auburn are all recruiting me really hard."

While Richardson will be the first to acknowledge that he is wide open in his recruitment, Tennessee appears to be in great shape due to Dooley and his recruiting coach, Jim Chaney.

"Coach Chaney and I are very close," Richardson said. "I like Coach Dooley and Coach Chaney a lot. I like the offensive line coach a lot also."

Richardson won't make a quick decision, and according to the standout lineman he will most likely make his decision known on National Signing Day.


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