Richardson: "I Had To Prove Myself Again"

2009 Byrnes CB Riyahd Richardson has had a great season for the undefeated Rebels. Last week he keyed a comeback victory over Dorman with 2 interceptions including a spectacular pick six return. Inside Richardson talks about his recruitment as schools continue to find out about the dynamic defensive playmaker.

We say it all the time. Don't judge a book by it's cover. Byrnes CB Riyahd Richardson continues to go out each week and make a statement to those who doubt his abilities. The 2009 standout played another great game last week versus Dorman sparking a 4th quarter comeback for the #1 ranked Rebels. High major D1 schools have been inquiring about Richardson and more continue to step forward in their recruiting efforts each passing week.

Richardson talked about his last game and how it helped turn things around for the team against the Cavaliers. "It felt great, because my coach said one the DB's had to make play and it was amazing to make it."

The 2009 prospect leads the team in interceptions and he continues to come up big each week especially down the playoff stretch. On the season Richardson has 75 tackles and 6 interceptions with 2 returned for touchdowns. "You know since I've been at Byrnes it has been rough. In the 9th grade I had to prove myself and then in the 10th grade I had to prove myself once again. This year I felt I had to prove myself again. So, to overcome all of that adversity makes me feel good about myself." That hungry attitude has panned out well for Richardson as he and his teammates will now face Northwestern for the AAAA Division 1 Upper State Championship on Friday.

"They are a good team. They throw the ball deep a lot, and our defense will probably set a goal for at least 6 turnovers."

His current list of suitors is impressive and new schools have entered the picture since we last spoke to Richardson. "I hear the most from South Carolina, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Boston College, Purdue, and Stanford. Rutgers, South Carolina, and Notre Dame are recruiting me the hardest out of those." While he doesn't have an offer yet he feels confident that an offer could be in the works in the near future for him.

Richardson is a standout in the classroom as well with a 3.0 GPA and already having scored a 1110 on the SAT. will be at the Northwestern-Byrnes game to bring you the best coverage of what on paper appears to be the state's most intriguing matchup so keep it locked right here.

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