Last year Richardson made 81 tackles, 6 interceptions (2 returned for TD), 2 TFL, 2 fumble recoveries, 20 big plays, 17 pass breakups, and 33 lockdowns. It didn't take long for college coaching staffs to start showering the junior standout with attention. Thousands of letters later Richardson has come up with an early list of favorites that he's most interested in. "Right now it's South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, Rutgers, and Notre Dame for me." That doesn't mean he's not interested in anyone else though as other programs have recently started to show increased interest as well. "South Carolina, Rutgers, and Notre Dame are recruiting me the hardest right now but I'm open to hearing from other schools too. I've started to get interest from Florida and North Carolina. I also met North Carolina State's head coach Tom O'Brien recently."
With that said Richardson, who is currently helping his Byrnes squad contend for a region championship in basketball, has major plans over the next few weeks. "I will be visiting South Carolina tomorrow for junior day. Then next week I'll be at Rutgers for their junior day. After that I'll be visiting Notre Dame. I might also make it down to Georgia next week too. I want to see how much each school is genuinely interested in me at this point."
One school he feels may be close to becoming the first to offer him Richardson said. "I feel like Rutgers may offer me when I go up for their junior day. I'm really looking forward to that visit to learn more about them." Considering the success the Scarlet Knights program has enjoyed recently they are on the rise and like what they see in the 2009 standout.
Richardson and his Rebel teammates won it all this past season capping an undefeated season with the AAAA Division 1 state championship. He spoke about what it felt like to finish the year on top and winning it all. "It feels great! I mean it really makes you work harder for the next season, because to win that ring and see number one on it!!! You'll always want that feeling back!!!"
He also talked about some of the happenings from last season for him on the field. "To be honest I really don't think I had a bad first half of the season, we just played teams that ran than ball a lot but I did drop some interceptions early. During the second half of the season I felt like I was the best corner in the state regardless of class! Being the one in the secondary that your teammates, coaches, and fans counted on to make a play and then making that one big play felt great!!!"
It will be interesting to see how Richardson handles the "Mr. Don't Throw It My Way" role for the Rebels next year, oh yeah he's already had to wear that hat some already last year. SCPrepNation.com will keep you updated with all the latest regarding Riyahd Richardson's impending visits and recruitment so keep it locked right here.