Cordarrian Richardson doesn’t know what he wants in a school at the moment.
The No. 1 running back in both Tennessee and the South Region for the class of 2017 is just being honest when he says he’s still trying to determine what exactly he’s looking for in a potential college.
Passionate fan bases, gleaming facilities and unique educational opportunities will all play a factor, but for now, Richardson is simply taking things day by day.
“I’m going to keep it real,” Richardson told InsideTennessee. “I don’t really know that right now, but when I do, I’ll let y’all know.”
Playing early will definitely come into consideration, but the 5-foot-11, 222-pound bruiser knows he’ll have to work for that no matter where he chooses to play at the next level.
“If I could play early, that would be great, but you’re always going to have to compete wherever you go,” Richardson said. “If I could play early, that really would be great.”
The Memphis native and Trezevant High School star boasts offers from Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and LSU, among others, and has a star-studded list of visits planned in the future. Richardson attended the Ole Miss-Vanderbilt game in Oxford Saturday and also recently attended Mississippi State-LSU in Starkville and Cincinatti-Memphis in his hometown.
The Scout four-star recruit hasn’t made the trek to Knoxville yet, but he plans to visit this year among other trips.
Tennessee running backs coach Robert Gillespie has played a key role in the Vols’ recruitment of Richardson, and the two have developed a strong bond already.
“I love coach G. Coach G is pretty cool,” he said. “He’s just telling me to stay focused, stay on top of my grades and football is going to take care of itself.”
Richardson, who has rushed for over 100 yards in every game this season according to MaxPreps, was able to catch a little bit of the Florida-Tennessee game on TV Saturday.
The heartbreaking 28-27 Vols loss won’t affect his interest in Tennessee, Richardson told IT, because he feels like the program won’t stay mired in defeat for long.
“I’m pretty sure they’ll bounce back from it,” Richardson said. “You’re going to win where you’re going to go. It doesn’t affect my recruitment. It’s not like you can win all of them.”