Florida Defender Completes First Visit

A Florida defensive back has narrowed his choice of schools to four finalists, and he talks about his visit to the first over the past weekend.

"They really broke everything down thoroughly," Tallahasse defensive back Kent Richardson said of his visit to West Virginia. "They covered everything - football, strength and conditioning, training, academics and campus life. The strength and conditioning stuff really opened my eyes and got my attention. I liked that a lot.

"It was everything I expected and more," said the talented cornerback, who lists man-to-man coverage as his biggest strength on the field. "I didn't think they would have a lot to do there, but they did. I had a good time."

Richardson was hosted on his visit by fellow Florida defensive back Jahmile Addae, and the two hit it off immediately.

"He was really cool, and I'm sure he liked me too," said the ultra-confident Richardson. "I also liked my academic advisor. He was a good man, and he explained a lot to me about the computer science program, about how big of a field it is."

Richardson would be comfortable playing either corner or safety, but with his one-on-one coverage skills, he figures to start out as a corner in college. Playing for Rickards High in Tallahassee this year, he recorded 75 tackles, six interceptions and ten pass breakups to go along with five forced fumbles. He also participated on special teams, where he blocked a punt.

The hometown Seminoles didn't show a lot of interest in Richardson early on, but it might not have mattered in the long run.

"I wanted to get out of town and go away to college," Richardson said. "I wanted to see some other places."

Following his visit to West Virginia, Richardson has the Mountaineers in first place on his list.

"West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas and Louisville, in that order," Richardson said of his favorites. "I'll probably visit all of them before I make my decision. I'm going to Arkansas this weekend (12/10), then to Alabama on January 7th and Louisville on January 29th."

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