Delray Beach (FL) Atlantic cornerback Antwaine Richardson had a feeling Wisconsin was going to offer him. With coaches having talked to him on Twitter to establish a relationship, the 6-0, 165-pound prospect saw his chance to close the deal when Badgers coaches came to his practice Thursday.
“I was working hard for this offer,” Richardson told BadgerNation, “doing man coverage and different coverages to show them I could do it.”
After receiving his second power five conference offer, Richardson knew the significance. He has a working knowledge of the Badgers, recognizing the program just beat a ranked Auburn team in the Outback Bowl in January.
“It felt good because they have a good school, education wise is good and I know if I don’t make it to the NFL I’ll have a nice degree under my belt,” Richardson said of Wisconsin. “I was happy I got that offer.”
“You have to be real good (to play) in the Big Ten because they have Ohio State, some good teams in the Big Ten,” he said. “You have to bring your ‘A’ game when you play those teams, so getting an offer from Wisconsin means I got to bring my ‘A’ game.”
In Richardson’s mind, his ‘A’ game encompasses all defensive schemes.
“In man coverage, I love covering,” Richardson said. “I am aggressive, I love to tackle, I love to hit hard and I don’t think nobody can catch a deep ball on me.”
Bryant, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee and South Alabama have also offered Richardson, but he admits all the schools, including Wisconsin, are behind his leader Miami, which offered him earlier this spring.
“Miami is close to home and they put a lot of people in the NFL,” said Richardson.
Wanting to major in business management, Richardson says the school’s business program will have an impact on his decision. He’s also hearing from Georgia Southern, Kentucky, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Syracuse.