Has Texas Offered Fla. RB? Kind of...

Running back Trent Richardson from Pensacola, Florida is a lifelong Texas fan. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound bruiser has scholarship offers from across the SEC, but the one he's been looking for is from the Longhorns. Did he get it? Well, the answer is more complicated than one might think...

With scholarship offers from power programs from all over the southeast, Escambia High School (Pensacola, Fla.) running back Trent Richardson has his pick from some of the top football institutions in the country.

But despite his Floridian roots, Richardson has actually been a life-long fan of the Texas Longhorns and the interest is very mutual.

"Coach (Major) Applewhite, he called my coach," said Richardson. "They plan on coming out here and watching me practice and maybe to our spring game."

But did Richardson receive an offer? The answer is yes...and no.

"They plan on offering me, but they like to do it face-to-face," said Richardson. "So I don't, but they will, if you know what I'm saying."

According to Richardson, Texas plans to visit him out in Pensacola before a written scholarship offer is extended and it's an offer that he would very much like to have.

"I just love everything about them," Richardson told Inside Texas. "I love Earl Campbell. I love Vince Young, what (Limas) Sweed does and Jamaal Charles and Cedric Benson and all of them."

Richardson's said his love for Texas developed because of how impressed he was with the running backs and offensive lines that came through.

"Texas, they've always had great running backs and they always keep a great offensive line," said Richardson.

Growing up, he was able to live out his dream of playing college football through his video games, but each time he put in the disk to play NCAA Football, he'd pick the same school.

"Every time I play the game, every time, my school is Texas," said Richardson. "Since I was eight years old I've played as them."

Because he missed his entire sophomore season due to injury, Richardson was a relative unknown who exploded onto the scene his junior year, rushing for 1,490 yards and 15 touchdowns despite also sitting out three games from that season (two because of a sprained ankle and one was canceled due to a Hurricane). He was rewarded for his efforts by being named to the FSWA All-State 5A Second Team.

But Richardson knows that it takes more to make it to where he wants to go than just athletic prowess. He's also got to get it done in the classroom and he plans to continue to focus on his academics and get his grades as high as he can.

"I've got a 2.7 GPA and I'm taking night classes to get it up," said Richardson. "I know I can get it to a 3.0. I'm working hard on it."

Included amongst Richardson's scholarship offers are LSU, Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, Clemson, Iowa, Kentucky, Duke, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Florida State and South Florida.

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