Visit. Fall in love. Make it home. Live happily ever after.
Bryson Richardson heard trips to Tennessee could wind up in his finding his heart filled with orange. Two gameday visits later and the junior defensive back is on the Vols’ commitment list with a Saturday night declaration.
“I’ve been coming to Tennessee for a long time now, ever since I was a freshman,” Richardson told InsideTennessee. “I started coming up here doing the camps and then to the games. The coaches told me to keep coming up here and they said they promised that I’d fall in love with it — and they were right. I love everything about Tennessee — the fans, the stadium, the whole atmosphere, just everything about it was perfect. I felt like I could fit right in.”
Richardson informed Vols coaches at the Anderson Training Center before heading home to Buford, Georgia.
“I told (Tennessee defensive backs) coach (Willie) Martinez first and then we walked over, talked to coach (Butch) Jones and I told him,” Richardson said.
“They were stoked. Coach Jones and coach Martinez had big smiles on their faces. Just ready to go to work when that time comes.
“Everything just felt great, and I’m definitely going to be up there a lot more now.”
The Scout three-star prospect visited for No. 9 Tennessee hosting No. 1 Alabama at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday alongside his mother and his trainer. Richardson and his mother had also been to the 38-28 Tennessee win over Florida on Sept. 24. Recovering a fumble against the Tide was Vols defensive tackle and former Buford (Ga.) High School teammate Quay Picou. Between Picou and injured defensive end Austin Smith, Richardson has two players on the Team 120 roster that he knows quite well.
“I’m real close with them,” Richardson said. “Those are my boys. It started when they were seniors and I was a freshman. They just led the way.
“It was awesome (seeing Picou’s recovery). He’s got that crazy personality. He’s a cool guy. He’s a funny guy, man. I love Quay to death.”
Buford is one of the premier prep programs in the South.
“Ever since I first came to Buford, I knew I was going to have to put in the work to get to where I wanted to be. The coaches, they put in the time with me, all my teammates. We just grind every offseason, every practice, every game. We’re going nonstop.”
Cade Mays and Alontae Taylor are two other Tennessee commits for the 2018 class.
“I just met them today and I’m definitely going to start hitting them up on the daily,” said Richardson, whose first offer came from Louisville in January before Tennessee offered in April.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety said he’s not planning to open the door on his recruitment.
“I am Tennessee only from now-on,” he said. “I’m totally committed to Tennessee. Rocky Top all the way.”