March 1, 2011

Richardson excited about his new offer

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Ohio State is taking a close look at the state of Michigan in the 2012 class. Recently, the Buckeyes extended verbal offers to linebacker James Ross and wide receiver Aaron Burbridge. The latest Michigan product to receive an offer is Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech defensive back Terry Richardson. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound prospect was informed of the news while on a junior day visit to Columbus this past Sunday.

"I was shocked," said Richardson of his reaction to the verbal offer. "I did not think that I would ever get offered by Ohio State. Everything is a blessing right now and the Lord works in mysterious ways."

With offers and interest from many of the elite programs in college football, Richardson was able to get an up close look at how Ohio State stacks up and he definitely came away impressed.

"The trip was beautiful," Richardson explained. "I had a chance to get to campus and see some things that I never saw before. I think the trip went real well."

Richardson made the trip down from Michigan with good friend James Ross, a linebacker from Orchard Lake St. Mary's who also holds an Ohio State offer. While Richardson makes it perfectly clear that there is no type of "package deal" plan in their future, the trip did give both prospects a chance to interact a great deal with the Ohio State coaching staff.

"Coach Paul Haynes, coach Taver Johnson, we met the whole staff," Richardson replied, when asked which coaches he spoke with. "We talked to coach Jim Tressel for a little bit. We talked about some of their schemes and their coverages and where they see us at and what kind of players they like."

It is well known that Cass Tech has been a major pipeline for the Michigan Wolverines over the years. With so many great players coming out of the program and heading to Ann Arbor, Richardson definitely hears the chatter about the Michigan program. With that being said, he is certainly exploring all of his options.

"Of course you've got guys talking about Michigan," he explained. "Cass Tech is like half of what Glenville is to Ohio State. There are also guys that often go other places that best suits them."

With so much national interest, it's easy to understand why Richardson hasn't been able to narrow his list down at this early stage. The speedy corner has a well thought out approach for how he will be handling the process and plans to take his time before making a decision.

"I'm pretty open to all schools right now," he explained. "I'm going to make a top ten in August and then after the season I'll make a top five, take my visits, and make my decision at the Under Armour All-American game."

During the late spring and summer Ross will be quite busy as he plans to hit up a handful of camps, including a return trip to Columbus towards the end of May.

"Alabama, LSU, and the NIKE camp that will be at Ohio State on May 21st," he said. "Hopefully me and James will be invited to go out to Oregon for the ESPN 7-on-7 camp and the Badger Sports 7-on-7, I think that might be it."


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