Being friends with one of the top high school defensive back coaches in the country allows you to get early tips on some of the up and coming prospects in the state. Hough (NC) defensive backs coach Chachi Sullivan continues to work with defensive backs in both Carolinas as he's the defensive backs trainer for Elite Position Training. One prospect he's been raving about in the past couple of months is 2017 Airport cornerback Kerryon Richardson. Sullivan's eye and experience once again is dead on as Richardson has picked up a trio of early offers since he first told us about him. We caught up with Richardson to talk about his recruitiment and more.
"I've got offers from Miami (Ohio), Mercer, and Appalachian State," Richardson told us.
The 5'10 165 pound prospect has a number of other schools in the mix and he's got a busy visit schedule ahead of him.
"I'll be at Appalachian State on April 30th, Old Dominion I'll be there on April 16th for their Junior Day, I'll be at Coastal Carolina for their Junior Day on April 9th, and I'll be at Georgia Southern on April 2nd."
So what does the 2017 prospect feel are the biggest strengths of his game right now as a defensive back?
"I would have to say my biggest strength are my cover skills. My speed really helps out a lot with the deep balls and I can read plays and react to them, come down hill and make the tackle. I'm good at letting the play come to me instead of trying to make the big flashy play so I rarely bite on play actions and pump fakes, things like that."
Working with Sullivan this off season Richardson talked about some of the aspects he's keying on to improve his skill set to earn even more scholarship offers moving forward.
"I've been doing DB training with coach Sullivan this off season. That is really helping me out a lot. I have a better technique in my back pedal and he's really got me using my hips more so I can move better and my footwork has gotten better while I've been with him. I have better fundamentals and can't wait to use them this season."
We asked Richardson with a trio of offers already if there are any other particular schools he's looking forward to hearing more from soon?
"Honestly I don't really have any specific schools in mind at the moment. It's an honor that schools are showing me interest. I'm just blessed to be in the position where schools see my talent and want me to play football for them. Most kids dream about these moments but I'm actually experiencing it and I am very thankful for that. It's truly a blessing."
Looking ahead to his senior season next year Richardson talked about some of the goals he's set forth for his team and himself.
"My goals next season are to have a successful senior year. I want to end my high school career on a good note. I want to lead my team to a ten or more game winning season, hopefully win region because we came close last year. After that, work our way towards winning a state title."
Asked to compare his style of play or game to any particular player Richardson responded, "I would say Vernon Hargreaves. I say that because that's my favorite corner and he's a lockdown defender. I think I play similar to him because he has excellent cover skills and will come odwn and make the hit when the ball comes his way."
Richardson reports a 3.2 GPA in the classroom currently and says he'll take the ACT in April. He informed us that he'd like to major in robotics engineering in college.
We'll have more udpates with Richardson as we expect his recruitment to pick up more as he takes visits, his film continues to circulate, and he hits the camp circuit this off season. For now check out some of his testing measurables below and find out how to follow us on Twitter.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...KERRYON RICHARDSON
- Bench press: 220 pounds
- Squat: 315 pounds
- Power clean: 220 pounds
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