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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Watch List TE returns to Georgia

By Radi Nabulsi

ATHENS, GA. -- ESPN Watch List tight end Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Baptist) spent the weekend visiting the University of Georgia with his parents, both of whom attended Georgia and ran track there. He watched part of one practice Friday and the entire Bulldogs scrimmage Saturday.

But this was not a football visit. Rather, this was a fact-finding mission.

“It was a good visit,” Richard said. “I met a lot of academic people and spent time with them. That was good to get a real heavy dose of the academic side. I have been looking at business, communications and consumer economics. I met Dr. Gary [Green]. He is cool. He was saying that if I went there he could always be a mentor and help me through situations and things like that. It was a cool deal.”

The Bulldogs tried to make a strong impression on Richard’s parents as well.

“They really liked what they are hearing from the academic staff and things like that,” Richard said. “My parents are big on academics, so it was really important that we sat down with the academic staff and see what they had to say.”

Bill and Veronica Richard attended Georgia in the early 1980s. The campus and classrooms are not quite the same as they were 30 years ago.

“It has changed so much since they went there,” Milan Richard said. “There is more support staff now than when they came through school. They wished they had been able to come right out of a class and go see a tutor and things like that. And they really liked the nutrition side of it too, having a nutritionist telling you what to eat and not to eat.”

Speaking of eating, Richard enjoyed a meal with coach Mark Richt.

“We ate dinner at the facilities on Friday night and talked to Coach Richt, and that was good,” Richard said. “We talked about football and stuff in general. They expressed that they really wanted me there, so it was good. But most of the time you have that serious moment in the conversation.”

The 6-foot-3, 229-pound junior is not sure whether he is Georgia’s top target at tight end, but the coaches seemed to act that way.

“I can’t say what their board looks like, because I didn’t see it,” Richard said. “But I kind of felt that they were in a sense of urgency to make sure it was a good visit.”

The coaches can rest easy, as Richard, who has no leaders at this time, repeatedly mentioned that he liked his visit.

“I was there for the scrimmage on Saturday,” Richard said. “I thought the energy was good, and I watched them throw the ball around a little bit. Jay [Rome] caught a few balls, and so did Artie [Arthur Lynch]. It was good. I stayed with Tramel [Terry] and Tray [Matthews].”

The two early enrollees are getting used to college life, and they spoke with Richard about what they encountered at Georgia.

“I think they are used to it now,” Richard said. “They said it was a difference when they first got there. But they are adjusted to it now. Tray was a headhunter in that scrimmage. He will run into his own people and guys on the other team. It don’t matter to him.”