WR Tavin Richardson: No Ordinary Freshman

6'4 195 pound wide receiver Tavin Richardson has been a big target for Byrnes quarterback Shuler Bentley. The Byrnes freshman is putting up solid numbers and starting for the Rebels as they are on a quest for yet another AAAA Division 1 state championship. Come inside to get the very latest with a freshman we feel has a chance to be a national level 2015 prospect in the very near future!

To see him from a physical standpoint Tavin Richardson appears to be a prospect who has the size and athleticism that college coaches are already liking a great deal. At 6'4 195 pounds the 2015 wide receiver has emerged as a player to be reckoned with in an immensely talented receiving corps. Guys such as 2013 WR Akia Booker and 2012 WR Colton Korn get most of the attention but Richardson very well could eventually be the best of the bunch before he's done at Byrnes. We caught up with the talented freshman to talk about his year thus far on the football field this season.

"It's been better than what I expected. Going into the season I thought I would I would be playing C-Team ball. Then this summer I got moved up to varisty to participate in 7 on 7's. Then I was asked to play varisty and I have started every game this season."

The journey has definitely been a learning experience but Richardson comes from a family of talented receivers that have starred at Byrnes. His father Kelvin was a record breaking wide receiving during the 80's and his older brother Torian is now playing for East Carolina.

Aside from the coaching he gets at home from his father and brother, Tavin says he's improved in a number of areas as a wideout since the beginning of the season.

"I have improved with my blocking, running routes, and catching the ball since the beginning of the year."

After the win over Summerville this past Friday Richardson has 24 receptions on the season for 358 yards and 3 touchdowns. Not bad considering he's just a freshman.

The youngster is taking his early success in stride and says he's doing whatever it takes to help his team continue their quest for another state championship. A pair of games earlier this year stand out as his best performances he told us.

"I had good games against Boiling Springs and Mauldin. In the game against Mauldin I had 4 catches and 2 touchdowns. Against Boiling Springs I had two big catches that led to touchdowns for us."

Although the Rebels play a tough schedule Richardson says he gets his toughest competition in practice from junior cornerback Shane Samuels who is also one of the state's top prospects at his respective position.

"Shane Samuels during practice has been the touhest corner I've gone up against. Shane has quick feet and strong hands."

This off season Richardson says he'll continue to work on his football skills although he'll suit up again for the Rebels' varsity basketball team. That's right, Richardson played varsity hoops as an eighth grader last season and is a strong prospect on the hardwood too.

In regards to football he pointed out areas that he'll try to make significant strides in to prepare himself for his sophomore season.

"I am going to focus on getting stronger, faster, and my route running. I want to be a complete receiver."

Regional schools have already started courting Richardson for his prowess and potential on the football field and he talked about where his recruitment is at currently.

"I've been invited to games at Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, and East Carolina. I was able to visit all of those schools too. I enjoyed each school, the fan base at each school was incredible."

The 2015 prospect gave us a list of other schools that he'd like to hear more from in the near future too.

"I'd like toe hear more from Florida State, Oregon, Florida, USC (Southern Cal), Texas, Tennessee, and North Carolina."

For now Richardson says his sole focus is on helping Byrnes as they will take on Blythewood this Friday in the AAAA Division 1 playoffs. The winner will move on to play for the state championship in Clemson.


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