WVU Legacy Looks To Impress

University High School product Tony Richardson is looking to make a name for himself on the recruiting circuit. The Morgantown, W. Va., native has begun to catch the attention of college coaches, including his hometown West Virginia University Mountaineers.

Tony Richardson is very familiar with West Virginia University. His father, Tony Sr., played defensive line for the Mountaineers in the early 90's. Their family even currently resides in Morgantown, the heart of WVU's campus. So while the pressures of following in a father's footsteps can be difficult, it's something both have a simple agreement on.

"It's been a huge dream of mine growing up to play at WVU," Richardson said. "It's really cool to have my dad, who played for WVU, to tell me some things about the school. But one think I like is my dad said it would be nice for me to go there (WVU) but he also said he wants me to think about what's the nest place possible for me to go."

Of those possible future destinations, Richardson is primarily receiving interest from three schools -- West Virginia, Princeton and Harvard.

"The most aggressive school right now is definitely Princeton," he said. "I've been getting interest from Harvard and recently spoke with Coach Tony Gibson and JaJuan Seider from WVU."

In what Richardson described as the most "in-depth" contact with West Virginia, Richardson received a visit at his school from the Mountaineer assistants. It was an opportunity for him to explain where on the field he believes he could help his future school the most.

"Well, I went to their junior day a couple months ago, just to get a feel for the University and what they had to offer," Richardson said. "This time they asked me a good bit of questions to see where I could bring the most out of my abilities -- on offense or defense."

The majority of the schools recruiting the 6-foot-3, 215 pound two-way athlete are looking at him on both sides of the ball. The Mountaineers would prefer his talent at safety, but made it clear Richardson would have some input on the move.

"When I was talking to West Virginia, Coach Gibson told me they like me on defense,' he said. "He did ask me, though, where I though I'd be better at and I said wide receiver since that's my main position."

This summer Richardson plans to hit the road with his father to visit a couple schools. And while some of the visits are undetermined, he'll make sure to visit West Virginia once again for an individual camp.

"I'm going to WVU's camp in early June for sure, and then to Pittsburh after that," Richardson said. "The me and some teammates may possibly be going to the camp at Ohio University."

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