Almost there!

For one Tennessee signee he is closer than he has ever been to realizing one of his dreams. For Nashville four star athlete Antonio "Tiny" Richardson things are beginning to line up the way the standout lineman has pictured and hoped they would. According to Richardson, he plans on being in Knoxville, go "Inside" to get the latest on his situation.

For one Tennessee signee he is closer than he has ever been to realizing one of his dreams.

For Nashville four star athlete Antonio "Tiny" Richardson things are beginning to line up the way the standout lineman has pictured and hoped they would.

Richardson, who recently graduated from Pearl Cohn High School, has worked hard the last eight months so he could achieve the first goal, that being attending the University of Tennessee.

"I have worked extremely hard," Richardson told InsideTennessee in a one on one exclusive interview. "I have a lot of goals, but the first one is to make it to the University of Tennessee this summer and fall, I'm almost there."

Almost in the most literal of terms.

As of Saturday evening, at the time of this interview, Richardson planned on reporting to Tennessee today.

"I'm suppose to be there Tuesday, if nothing changes before I get there," Richardson said smiling. "I know I still have a few obstacles to overcome, but everything looks good at this point."

Richardson, who had to leave Ensworth High School early last fall, transferred to Pearl Cohn High School to concentrate on his academics.

"I want the fans to know, that Ensworth is one of the toughest academic programs in the state," Richardson said. "Some people might think I was being lazy in the classroom, but that wasn't the case."

If fact Richardson said his time at Ensworth made him a better student in the classroom overall.

"I learned a lot," Richardson said. "It was tough but I got through it, graduating was the first thing I had to accomplish."

According to Richardson he has scored a 21 on the ACT, his G.P.A is where it needs to be and now he is just waiting to be admitted to Tennessee and get that final NCAA Clearinghouse approval.

"I plan on being on the Hill Tuesday," Richardson said. "I can't wait."

Academics isn't the only hurdle Richardson has been dealing with. He had shoulder surgery a little over nine weeks ago, and admits that he gotten in better physical shape by doing a lot of running and other exercises while he couldn't lift weights.

"Believe it or not I have toned up and a lot looser than I was before," Richardson said. "I'm faster now than I was before. I'm a lot quicker."

Richardson feels very confident that his shoulder won't hinder him from playing this fall.

"They are telling me that everything will be ok," Richardson said. "They plan on me being ready for fall camp, I'm being told I will be a 100 percent."

Richardson also realizes that he has his work cut out for him due to all the returning offensive linemen coming back.

"My goal is to come in and take someone's job," Richardson said. "I want to play right away, I want to be a difference maker."

While only time will tell, Richardson admits he has other goals he needs to achieve as well.

"First and foremost to attend the University of Tennessee and play this fall," Richardson said. "My next one would be to one day play in the NFL on Sundays."

First things first and that is reporting to the Hill today.

Editor's note: As of Tuesday morning according to sources Richardson still planned on being in Knoxville today if he hasn't already arrived.


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