Catching up with Antonio Richardson

by Justin Hopkins on May 3, 2010

in Tennessee Vols Football Recruiting

Nashville, TN.- Mammoth offensive tackle prospect Antonio Richardson has become a staple in SEC country. He’s a monster at 6’6″ 310 lbs and already holds over 20 offers. Besides the 22 schools that have offered, a whole host of schools are showing lots of attention. After transferring to the Ensworth school this year, his focus has been deep in the class room. Antonio will spend his summer hard at work in school trying to make sure all of his academics are in top order. Academics were the main reason he transferred to Ensworth and he’s never looked back since. His father Lanny Richardson took soem time to update the status of his son’s recruitment.

“Things are going well for Antonio. He is working hard right now in school and staying in shape. He’s also been doing track after school. He is up to around 22 offers right now. Notre Dame offered the other day, UAB and Oklahoma offered pretty recently as well. He is still giving everybody some consideration at this time. He is just grateful for all of the attention. He was invited to attend around 50 spring games, but he just didn’t have time to go to any.”

Although he did not attend the spring game, the Richardson family was able to visit Tennessee for their junior day. The new staff made a solid impression on the family.

“We have called UT a few times, talked to coach Dooley and the other coaches. We went to visit once and it went really well. I know coach Dooley is recruiting him real hard and we are just blessed to have all of this attention.”

Alabama is another school of interest that has stepped in with an offer. It seems the Tide could be in a favorable position at this time.

“Coach Saban and Dooley are good guys you can talk to. I suppose right now we have a little more interest in Alabama than anyone else. The academics are great and Saban is great. I’m sure we’ll get over there for a visit this summer or fall when we start taking our visits.”

Lannie claims that they receive lots of letters from Notre Dame, Tennessee, Alabama, Clemson, Syracuse, and Oregon. However Oregon has not stepped in with an offer at this time, his father claims there is some interest there.

“Well Oregon’s got a special thing going. They have not offered, but they started sending letters before everyone else. We have some interest in them. We have never been to Oregon, so I think we might just get a visit over there set up when officials start. We are also going to visit USC, LSU, Tennessee, Syracuse, Bama, Notre Dame, and we might get over to Clemson. We will take a lot of visits later in the summer.”

With all of the attention, Antonio and his father Lannie are looking for the right combination of elements. Seleting a school will be more than just being about football.

“Antonio is just looking to be comfortable, and wants to relate to the coaching staff. He wants a coach he can be close to, he wants someone who’s going to make sure he gets his grades in order and watches after him. He was invited to both All American games and will play in the Army game. He may announce at the game but we aren’t sure about that yet, just depends on if he’s ready.”

In closing his father had one thing to say about his son and the type of player that his respective coach will be getting.

“With Antonio they will be getting a worker. He will work as hard as he can and give all he’s got all of the time. He will do everything he can to the best of his ability, that’s just who he is.”

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 VoL Ball 777 May 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm

thanks for the article. great read.

2 transplantiam May 9, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Looks like ‘Bama got in on this guy early enough to lure him away from Tn. Saban waving that NC in front of him put stars in the boys’ eyes. I’d really like to see us get built back up where we can pull the cream of the instate recruits where they belong, at TN! Sounds like dad has a lot to do with where he chooses to go. Well, come on and shine instate at UT, Antonio, and get a good education to go with it!

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