In this installment of our "UP NEXT" series we take a look at a 2009 cornerback in Riyahd Richardson.
Riyahd comes in at 5'8 160 pounds but don't let his size fool you. He has plenty of time to grow and has already made a big impact in the defensive backfield for the Rebels. Riyahd says last year that, "I had 6 interceptions and returned 2 for touchdowns. I had 20+ tackles and moved up to varsity. Towards the end of the season I was starting."
His work in the Rebels' strength and conditioning program is evident as he recited some of his testing statistics for us. "Right now my max on the bench press is 225 pounds and I squat 295 pounds. I've got a 32" vertical and my fastest 40 time is 4.57 seconds."
Given his prowess in the weight room Richardson still sees plenty of room to improve. "I have been working really hard on my speed this offseason to try and get my 40 time down even lower."
A superb coverage corner, Riyahd says that his ability to read the eyes of the opposing quarterback has helped him a great deal thus far in his career. He also said that he enjoys making big time hits and plays on the ball when it comes his direction.
A big playmaker of yesteryear is a player that Riyahd looks up to a great deal. "I look up a lot to Deion Sanders. He was a great cornerback."
Riyahd also learns from 2008 Byrnes standout CB Cartier Rice as well apparently. "Yes sir it's nice to have Cartier as my teammate. He gives good advice and helps me out a lot."
While early in the recruiting process Richardson says he'd love to hear from two schools in particular. "I'm most interested in South Carolina and Georgia right now, but I'm open to anybody."
SCPrepNation.com will have more on talented rising junior CB Riyahd Richardson as the season approaches so stay tuned.