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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Watch List TE Milan Richard makes name

By Radi Nabulsi

ESPN Watch List tight end Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Baptist Day) started out his recruitment being described as “Herschel Walker’s nephew,” but as his highlights circulated and he dominated on the camp circuit, Richard quickly made a name for himself.

He now has offers from schools such as Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina and eight others. But being related to one of the biggest legends of college football -- a man whose name is synonymous with the Georgia Bulldogs -- leads the casual observer to assume Richard would be a lock to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.

That is not the case. Despite the fact that his mother was also an All-American at Georgia in track, no one in Richard’s family is pushing him to play between the hedges.

“They really don’t,” Richard said. “I think my dad is the best with it. He is really just kind of like, ‘Hey, wherever you want to go, it’s you.’ My mom backs him up really hard with that. My whole family is like that. A lot of people look at my uncle and say, ‘He is a definite lock to go to Georgia,’ but we don’t even talk about recruiting. Every time I get an offer he calls me and says congratulations and stuff like that. We don’t ever really talk about, ‘Hey, you have got to go to Georgia,’ because in my family it is wide open.”

Richard has been rumored to be leaning towards Clemson or South Carolina, but on Tuesday he said all schools were “pretty much even.”

“I don’t really have a leader, but a lot of schools are coming at me right now and I am still looking at everybody,” Richard said. “Everything is still kind of open. I do like some schools and some schools I don’t really like. I really don’t know for sure, so that is why I haven’t put out a top five or nothing like that yet because I want to be sure that when I put something like that out, I want it to be solid. I don’t want to change it later.”

Nor does Richard’s family have a list of schools that are off limits. So were he to pick one of Georgia’s numerous rivals, he would have the family’s blessing.

“Everybody is on the list,” Richard said. “I have said this from day one, anyone who is interested in me, I am interested in them.”

Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt went by Richard’s school on Tuesday.

"I could not speak with him because of the NCAA rules, but it meant a lot that he came down to visit,” Richard said. “I will be going up for a visit sometime soon.”