Richardson: Talks Offer & New Leader

Shortly after receiving the news of his first scholarship offer Riyahd Richardson talked about it all. He's battled skeptics throughout his prep career and he's continued to answer the bell each time in a big way. Knock his size if you want because Big 12, ACC, and SEC schools are all putting him on speed dial now. Come inside for the latest about what Richardson has to say.

For Riyahd Richardson it's always been an uphill battle. Throughout the years he's always heard, "you're too small, you're not big enough, you can't do this, you can't do that..." Today Richardson is the one who is grinning ear to ear as he pulled in his first college scholarship offer. He smiled for a while to relish his fortune but quickly talked about what he needs to work on to improve his stock and hopefully earn a few more scholarships in the near future.

With his first offer coming from Texas A & M Richardson was caught off guard somewhat by the fact that the Aggies were showing interest a few days ago. Now with a verbal offer from the Big 12 program awaiting a formal offer in the mail Richardson is doing due dilegence to learn more about the program via the internet and word of mouth. "Right now I don't know a lot about them but I'll sure find out a lot of things here soon I know," the excited youngster said. One would think going from South Carolina to Texas might be a bit too far for the 2009 prospect but guess again. "I may go visit them over the summer when I go visit my aunt." Richardson's aunt lives a short ride away from College Station so seeing a familiar face and getting home cooked meals is something the Aggies have on their side. "Yeah that will play a role somewhat for them."

The size issue isn't an issue for Richardson. He simply goes out and lets his play do all the talking for him. His most recent highlight tape has become a hot commodity to all of the schools that received a copy or saw it on Asked how it felt to get that all important first scholarship offer he replied, "It feels good to finally get some kind of credit for all the hard work I've put into it." He won't rest however as he continues to press on to try and improve all aspects of his game on the field. "I'm really working extra hard to improve my speed and my jamming ability."

With a number of schools stepping up their pursuit of Richardson he talked about a busy camp/combine schedule this offseason. "I'm so ready to go out and compete because even though I got this offer from Texas A & M, there's still gonna be some doubters somewhere you know." Richardson will attend the upcoming Armour Combine in Charlotte.

With the offer now three schools have really started to emerge for Richardson lately he says. "Right now I'm most interested in Texas A & M, Notre Dame, and North Carolina."

Asked if the Aggies have moved ahead of everyone else at this point in his recruitment he quickly responded, "Of course! There's no school above them right now!"

(An hour after this interview coaches from both Maryland and North Carolina State made calls to Richardson to talk about his highlight tape and let the 2009 prospect know that they are extremely interested in his talents.)

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