Wide receiver Torian Richardson isn't your average high school football player. As a rising sophomore he stands 6'0 175 pounds and has already caught the eye of the Byrnes coaches and fans. He also recently competed in an elite by invitation only camp and came away with MVP honors amongst wide receivers. Yes after his freshman season.
Expectations are indeed high for Richardson as many diehard Palmetto State football fans may remember another Richardson who held numerous receiving records at Byrnes some 20+ years ago. That Richardson is Kelvin Richardson, Torian's father. In fact, Kelvin's state record stood for 19 years before Byrnes WR Jomar Wright (currently at Duke) broke it a few years ago.
SCPrepNation.com spoke with both father and son about how fast things have progressed early on for Torian.
Torian is a known commodity at Byrnes but Kelvin told us, "He hasn't heard from anybody yet. (He'd later call us the next day and inform us that Penn State had made contact with letters) Asked what it felt like with his son expected to be heavily recruited he responded, "It's going to be fun. He's already bigger than I was as a senior, and he's already heavier than I was. He's stronger than I was too. He's been clocked at 4.39 in the 40 at Byrnes so he's got some speed already. He's going to get bigger, stronger, and faster than what he is now so that's what we're looking forward to. Really it's almost scary."
"Hopefully he's going to be one of the top receivers in the nation. He proved a little already by winning the MVP at the Ultimate 100."
Dad keeps a close eye on Torian and he shared with us some of the things he tries to point out to his young son. "I try to watch as many practices as I can and make it to their 7 on 7's. They played at South Carolina and he surprised me and did really well. I think he might've tied one of their other receivers for the most touchdowns caught. They went up against some tough teams and they did really well. I try to watch him and tell him things that he needs to work on like route running and catching the ball with his hands. He's young, he's had some drops and a lot of it had to do with him turning his head before he had the ball in his hands. I've been teaching him to use concentration, looking the ball in and making the catch."
Torian then entered the conversation and we asked him about his numbers from last season. "Well last year I had 8 touchdowns on the C team. This year I'm looking forward to playing varsity. I want to try and get as much playing time as I can so I can get some looks to go to school."
As for goals for his sophomore season he kept it short and sweet. "I would like to start, catch a lot of passes, and help the team win another state championship."
Still the youngster realizes he has plenty of work to do if he's to achieve those expectations. "I really need to keep working on catching the ball with consistency."
Penn State has already shown interest as we stated above but Torian also shared with us the schools that he'd most like to hear from in the near future. "I like Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Clemson."
While most players idolize and try to learn the big timers in the NFL Torian lives with the player he appreciates the most. "It'd be my father. He's taught me a lot about football growing up. He's worked really hard with me about focusing on catching the ball and making plays after I've secured it."
SCPrepNation.com will keep a close eye on 2010 prospect Torian Richardson so stay tuned.
Interesting facts about Torian Richardson
Bench Press Max: 185 pounds
Squat Max: 340 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.39 seconds
Vertical leap: 36 inches
Toughest Opponent: Byrnes CB Cartier Rice
Up Close & Personal with...Torian Richardson
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