He can spout of the names of Texas great after Texas great and each time he fires up the video game NCAA Football, he always plays as the Longhorns. There are no family ties, no geographic connections.
Trent Richardson just likes Texas.
And a lot of schools like Richardson. The talented 2009 running back from Escambia High School now holds 17 offers, including from powers such as Florida, LSU, Florida State, Tennessee, Auburn and Alabama.
But the offer he's been waiting for is from Texas. Monday night, a letter from Texas arrived in the mail for Richardson. Not surprisingly, he was anxious to open it.
"When I got that letter in the mail, I was excited," said Richardson. "But when I opened it up, it didn't have an offer in it."
The letter instead thanked Richardson for his strong interest in Texas, but provided no definite clues as to whether or not an offer would be forthcoming for the 5-foot-11, 210-pound bruiser.
"I don't know. I don't know what's going on," said Richardson. "I sent them my highlight tape and a whole bunch of stuff."
His confusion is primarily borne of a conversation he had with Texas running backs coach Major Applewhite early in the spring. Richardson insists that Applewhite said he will receive an offer. He expected the letter he received on Monday would hold that offer, but it did not.
But Richardson also knows of Texas' proclivity for handing out offers face-to-face, which is one of the reasons he plans on taking a visit to Austin in the near future.
"I don't know when, but I'm coming to see Texas," said Richardson.
Richardson also knows balancing scholarships is difficult. The Pensacola running back said he will not bear any ill will if he attends a different University.
"(Texas) will always be a school I like, even if I go somewhere else," said Richardson.
He has several places to chose from after his breakout junior campaign, in which he rushed for 1,490 yards and 15 touchdowns, despite only playing in seven games (missed two games because of a sprained ankle, one due to a Hurricane).
Escambia High School begins spring practice on May 1st and plays its spring game on May 23rd and most of Richardson's focus will be on improving his quickness and strength, even though he already sports a 365-pound bench press. He has several more schools across the Southeast he'd like to check out before making his way to Texas, but Richardson said in the mean time he'll be waiting and hoping that an offer from the Longhorns is in his future.
"If they need a good back, they know where to look," said Richardson.
Trent Richardson's Junior Highlights: