Richmond Likes UCLA, to Decide Early

The nation's #11-ranked offensive tackle, Drew Richmond, from Tennessee, talks glowingly about UCLA, the one school he knows he'll visit officially even though he'll announce early...

The Bruins continue their national push for 2015 prospects, and the South is not immune. Enter four-star Memphis (Tenn.) University School offensive lineman Drew Richmond, who has turned into one of Jim Mora and Company's top targets.

"I really like UCLA right now," Richmond says. "They're definitely up near the top."

The relationship Richmond has developed with two of UCLA's premier recruiters and the time they've put in has kept the Bruins in the game for his services.

"Coach (Adrian) Klemm and Coach Mora are really great guys," Richmond says of the Bruins' offensive line coach and head man. "I talk to Coach Mora all the time and they're making me one of their top priorities. I live down South and it means a lot that they're spending so much time recruiting me and really care about me."

Richmond announced a group of finalists back in March and hasn't wavered from that list.

Four-Star OL Drew Richmond
"I cut my list to 11 schools a few months ago and UCLA was on that list. It's the same 11 now and I'll be making a decision on September 9th."

Along with the Bruins, Richmond is still considering Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Memphis, Florida State, Tennessee, Ohio State, Ole Miss, North Carolina, and LSU. While his September commitment to one of those schools will give that school a leg-up, it won't be the end of his recruitment.

"I'm still planning on taking my five official visits," the 11th ranked offensive tackle in the country says. "I want to see what each school offers and how well I fit in when I get there."

Richmond only has one school on that list that he already knows he'll be using one of those five visits on.

"UCLA," he says excitedly. "I'll definitely be taking an official visit to UCLA. I'm not sure about the other four visits right now."

That visit to Westwood will be crucial in the Bruins landing the nation's 115th ranked player as it will be Richmond's first trip out to see the campus.

"Being comfortable at a school is going to be the most important thing for me. If I'm not comfortable then I'll know it isn't the best place for me to be at," he says. "I'm also looking at the depth chart and where I can play early or looking for a school that gives their players a chance to play early."

At 6-6, 320 pounds, Richmond is one of the larger linemen in the country, but considers himself a player that uses that size very well.

"I'm a physical player and very athletic. UCLA has a lot of athletes on their team and on their offensive line so that could be a good fit."

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