When a recruit hears from college coaches on a daily basis, it’s safe to say he’s a priority target in that recruiting cycle.
Not only is the Scout four-star prospect an in-state target as he competes for Memphis University School, but he also plays at a position of need at offensive tackle.
Coach Butch Jones and his staff welcomed several prized targets onto campus Saturday for the July version of “Orange Carpet Day.” While it was far from his first time being on The Hill, the Bluff City standout had a quality time.
“It was a nice event,” Richmond told InsideTennessee. “My parents enjoyed it.”
The No. 151 in the Scout 300 understands how badly he’s needed by the Volunteers and the opportunity for early playing time with both starting tackles from the 2013 team now in the NFL.
“I like Tennessee a lot,” Richmond told InsideTennessee. “It’s a great school. I know I can come in there and I know they need me. I know it’s not a want-base. I know they need me. I know I can come in there and make some things happen early.”
Alabama, Ohio State and Ole Miss are three of many suitors in fast pursuit. In fact, a visit to Columbus is slated for July 25.
Still, should he come to Knoxville, Richmond fully believes he could potentially start as a true freshman.
“Honestly, I believe in myself. Looking at depth charts and numbers of schools, I think I can go in there and play as a true freshman.”
A public declaration is set for Sept. 9. That’s the five-year anniversary of the death of one of Richmond’s dear friends.
The Memphis University School Owl represented the Volunteer State as its best blocker and the No. 12-ranked offensive tackle in the country at The Opening this month, receiving instruction from idol and Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams.
Richmond hit the road often last fall to see gameday atmospheres for several schools he’s considering, including trips to Knoxville (twice), Memphis (twice), Oxford and Tuscaloosa. He saw the Volunteers take on Georgia and Vanderbilt at Neyland Stadium.
A return trip to Ohio State’s campus is set up for July 25.
Even though he declares in September, he still plans to use his official visits. One visit set up already is to UCLA for the Oregon game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Oct. 11.
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