'The crowd was unbelievable'

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Drew Richmond is a mover of human beings. That's his job. That's what he does.

By this time two years from now, the Memphis, Tenn., native will be on full scholarship at a BCS level school, getting his education paid for to do just that — move people.

The coaching staff at Tennessee would love to see the FOX Sports and Scout four-star prospect stay in-state and block for the Orange & White.

The 6-foot-6, 290-pounder made the trek from the Bluff City to Rocky Top in March, July and again earlier this month to see the Volunteers take on then-No. 6 Georgia, which had an announce attendance of 102,455.

"It was a good atmosphere; it was amazing," Richmond told InsideTennessee. "It was simply amazing. The crowd was unbelievable."

The Bulldogs kicked a field goal in overtime to crush the hearts of the Tennessee players and fans.

"It'll break your heart," Richmond said. "Honestly, it'll break your heart when you give all you've got, all the passion on the field, everything you've got against an opponent who everybody says is the best of the best and you come up just short that's hurtful, man."

The Memphis Univerity School standout said the effort and gameplan of the Vols' is a sign of positive things to come: "Oh yeah, definitely."

For Richmond, who ranks in at No. 214 in the Scout Ultimate 300 and the No. 15 offensive tackle in the Class of 2015, the atmosphere in Knoxville wasn't the first this fall that opened his eyes. He also tripped up to Ohio State recently.

"It went good, too," Richmond said of seeing Columbus. "It makes it that much harder because I go from one great fan base to another. So, it made it that much crazier for me, but I've still just got to sort through some other things."

The second-highest rated in-state junior plans to see Tennessee in a different environment this weekend as he'll drive south to see the Vols play No. 1-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

MUS (6-2) rests atop the TSSAA Division II Class AA West Region alongside Briarcrest Christian. The Owls are fresh off a 45-9 win over rival Christian Brothers and a 45-16 victory over St. Benedict. MUS hosts Craigmont this week.

"We've been on a roll ever since we took a couple losses earlier in the season," Richmond said.

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the FOX Sports NEXT team July 2011.
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