Monday, March 18, 2013
TE Richard visits UF, talks top schools
By Kipp Adams
ORLANDO, Fla. -- ESPN Watch List tight end Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Baptist Day) had an impressive showing at the Orlando NFTC on Saturday, measuring in at 6-foot-3, 229 pounds, running a 4.75 40-yard dash, recording a 33-inch vertical jump and making several nice catches throughout the camp. The day before, Richard was checking out a prominent SEC program.
“The trip to Florida was cool,” Richard said. “It was a spur of the moment type thing and I got to watch film with tight ends coach Derek Lewis and discussed personnel with him. I was able to speak briefly with Coach (Will) Muschamp and watched 20 minutes of practice before leaving for Orlando. Me and my parents loved the trip.”
While the Gators have yet to offer Richard, it could come soon.
“I hope to speak to Coach Muschamp more later when he is not rushing around preparing for football practice,” Richard said. “Coach Lewis said they have a need at my position because they have two converted defensive ends having to play tight end right now, so I could come in and play pretty quickly.”
With double-digit offers already, Richard is in no rush to put one school above any other at the moment. Instead, he is using each visit as an opportunity to evaluate just how well he would flourish in each program.
“Really now it is all about where I will fit in the offense, what players I want to be around and what coaches I want to be around,” Richard said. “Now I am looking at depth charts and offensive schemes more than facilities or campuses.”
He is not close to making his commitment, but Richard might trim things down soon.
“I am not close to a decision but I am close to cutting my list and I do have five programs unofficially standout out right now,” Richard said. “Tennessee, South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State are teams that stand out right now because they like to throw and spread the ball out.”
Richard has been able to take a closer look at how the tight end is used at Clemson and he plans to do the same this weekend at South Carolina. Georgia will get Richard on campus the weekend after his trip to check out the Gamecocks.
“I plan to take my time, pray about everything and talk to my parents before I make my decision,” Richard said.