Richmond Makes His Choice

While the Aggies are relatively young at most positions, inside linebacker is one area where graduation will take its toll, losing both inside LB starters after 2010 and the upcoming 2011 season. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop spoke with the latest 2012 LB commit who will look to fill those shoes

With Texas A&M graduating both inside linebackers in 2010 and 2011, there's opportunity for a playmaking freshman linebacker to step in and earn playing time in 2012. That's precisely why the Aggie coaching staff targeted junior Denton Ryan standout Jordan Richmond early in the recruiting process, extending one of its first 2012 offers back in the fall. The early interest paid off on Sunday as the the 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect attended Texas A&M's junior day and committed to the Aggies.

"I was thinking about it all week," Richmond said. "I felt a bond with the A&M coaches. When I visited other schools, I didn't get that same feeling with their coaches. It felt right, so I told them I wanted to commit."

Ranked as the No. 13 prospect on the latest Aggie Websider Texas Top 50, Richmond has been the primary inside physical presence for a Denton Ryan defense that some considered the best in the state in 2010. He racked up 140 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, nine pass break-ups, and forced two fumbles for a unit that surrendered just 180 yards a contest.

The blue chip linebacker not only felt comfortable with the Texas A&M football program and the surrounding campus setting, but he also wanted to get the recruiting process out of the way and start preparing for a state championship run and shortly afterward his collegiate career.

"It's a weight off my shoulders to have this behind me," Richmond said. "Now I can focus on my senior season and helping us win a championship. I also have to focus on my schoolwork. I want to graduate at mid-term and get a head start on my career at Texas A&M. So having this decision out of the way allows me to take care of my business."

Asked if there's any chance he'll re-open the process or take anymore visits in the future, Richmond made his intentions clear.

"That does it for me," Richmond said. "I'm happy with my choice to be an Aggie. I've got other things to do."

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