Richardson to Visit Texas, But LSU Up First

Escambia running back Trent Richardson from Pensacola, Fla. (5-11, 210, 4.5) is a life-long Texas fan and plans on taking a visit to the 40 Acres, but he's got some other visits he plans on taking first before he makes his way down to Austin.

Trent Richardson doesn't hold a Texas offer, but he'll have one once he meets with UT coaches, according to the the 5-foot-11, 210-pound bruiser (For more on the situation, see: Has Texas Offered Fla. RB? Kind of...)

Richardson said Texas plans on visiting him out in Pensacola, Fla., but the Escambia High School running back might see Mack Brown and the Longhorn coaching staff in Austin first.

"I am taking the ACT on April 12th and will head down to Gainesville to catch some of the Gators spring game right after that," Richardson said. "After that I am going to take an unofficial visit to Texas as well. I am just taking it in."

But first up is a visit to LSU. Richardson holds a scholarship offer from the Tigers and will make a trip to Baton Rouge to see LSU's spring game on Saturday.

"I have been talking to (LSU running backs) Coach (Larry) Porter a lot about where I could fit in," Richardson said. "I want to see how things stack up because they have not recruited a running back in two seasons."

Initially, recruiting was slow for Richardson because he missed his entire sophomore season due to injury. He 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). His almost 1,500 yards in only seven games gave him an average of over 200 yards per outing.

Now, the Pensacola back holds over 20 offers and has become a hot commodity in recruiting.

In terms of selecting a school, a facet of the game on Richardson's mind is the offensive line and he hopes to find a place that has some guys who can pave the way.

"I really haven't ever run behind a great offensive line," Richardson said. "We are going to be better this season, but I want to go to a college where I can have the benefit of running behind a great line. I am looking at everything from how long guys have been on the line to how well they block."

Richardson was on the road this past weekend as he was in Starkville checking out a scrimmage at Mississippi State.

What does he think about the Bulldogs?

"I like team's that run the ball, and Mississippi State does that well," Richardson said. "Seeing a guy like (Anthony) Dixon run the ball for them at their scrimmage was fun to watch."

In terms of narrowing down his list of choices, Richardson plans on seeing how the college football season pans out before making a decision.

"Right now I am just focusing on the off-season," Richardson said. "I am going to watch the teams that are high on me throughout the season to see how things play out."

When it comes to his focus on LSU, the Pensacola native points to one thing that truly stands out about the Tigers--Location.

Richardson's brother, Terrell, just wrapped up his freshman season at defensive end for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

"I grew up without a father around," Richardson said. "Terrell was always that person I looked up to. He has made me a better man. Being near him again would be nice."

Richardson, who attends the same high school as Gator great Emmitt Smith, admits he can't escape the constant comparisons from Florida natives.

"Everyone wants me to be the next Emmitt," Richardson said. "He was an amazing running back, but I am just trying to be the first Trent."

The talented back said that though he might strive to live up to Smith's legacy at Escambia, the admiration doesn't lock him into Gator orange and blue.

"A lot of people think that because of the Smith connection, I will end up at Florida," Richardson said. "I want to follow in his footsteps, but that doesn't necessarily mean I am going to Florida."

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.

Watch Trent Richardson in action from his breakout junior season:

This report also published on, the LSU site on the Network.

Ross Lucksinger of Inside Texas contributed to this report.

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