August 30, 2010

Michigan star plans UA visits

Following their national championship in January, the Alabama Crimson Tide coaching staff has continued expanding its geographic footprint when it comes to recruiting landing commitments from players in all corners of the country. One of the Tide's top defensive targets for 2012 is also a non-Southerner, Detroit (MI) Cass Tech corner Terry Richardson. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound defender opened his season with a strong effort this week after picking up offers over the summer from the Tide as well as SEC rival LSU.

"It was really a nail biter but we were able to pull it out in the end. I felt pretty good about my performance," Richardson said. "I broke up a few passes, I had a pick six and I made a few plays on offense too. My coaches are giving me the opportunity to be a bigger part of the game this year and I want to rise to that challenge."

While Richardson is a star for Cass Tech on both sides of the ball, most college coaches have told him his future is on the defensive side.

"From what I've heard from most coaches, I will probably play defensive back in college. I think it just suits my personality the best. I like being aggressive and I like trying to anticipate what the other player is going to do."

With more offers expected to roll in over the course of the season, Richardson plans on getting a leg up on the recruiting process this fall by taking as many visits as he can to the colleges he's hearing the most from.

"I am going to be doing a lot of traveling this fall to try and see as many schools as I can. I will be going to games at Michigan and Michigan State, as well as Iowa and Ohio State if I can. I know right now I am for sure going to the Alabama-Penn State game and the Alabama-Florida game and I will also be in Baton Rouge when LSU plays Alabama."

The Crimson Tide hold a particular interest for Richardson due in large part to their recent success story involving another Michigan native.

"It was pretty neat to see a guy from Michigan go down and dominate in the SEC. Mark Ingram kind of paved the way for guys from this part of the country and showed that you can go down South and play with the best. Now that I've seen him do it, I feel like I could go down there and make my own legacy."

Richardson said that while he isn't close to naming any favorites or making any decisions yet, he won't hesitate to make a move once he feels he has found the right school.

"I'm not setting any rules for myself when it comes to recruiting. When I feel like I've found the right school for me, I won't hesitate to make a decision. It could be Signing Day of my senior year or it could be tomorrow. It's not about making a big show for me or playing the game. I just want to find the right school and make a commitment."

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