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Saturday, June 15, 2013
Richmond makes memories on OSU visit

By Brad Bournival

It could be hard for Ohio State to make a bigger impression the next time big offensive tackle Drew Richmond (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) visits the Buckeyes.

And there will likely be a next time.

Growing up a huge Ohio State fan, the 6-foot-6, 305-pound Richmond was on campus for the first time Thursday night and all of Friday and he walked away with many memories.

“I was kind of taking it all in and looking at all the players that played here like Troy Smith, James Laurinaitis, Jake Stoneburner and Malcolm Jenkins,” Richmond said. “I remember watching them, so it was cool seeing all their pictures on the wall.

“It was a great place. It was everything I imagined. Just hanging out with guys like Curtis Grant and Ryan Shazier and Vonn [Bell], it was great.”

That was the biggest piece of the puzzle for Richmond, even though he is still a long way from a decision.

Rubbing elbows with Jalin Marshall, Grant, Shazier and Bell really showed the 2015 tackle what it means to be a Buckeye.

“Being with them guys, I realized why they chose Ohio State,” Richmond said. “They realize Ohio State can not only compete, but win a national championship. They’ve bought into it and want to win.”

Richmond will be back, though he’s not sure when, because he really wants to attend a game.

He got to walk the field and take in The Horseshoe. He’s got an ache to see the stadium packed to get that emotional charge.

“I didn’t get the feeling I wanted, but that was because there wasn’t 100,000 in there,” Richmond said. “It was still cool. I remember watching Coach [Jim] Tressel locking arms with his players coming onto the field. It was a cool memory.”

Richmond has Louisville, Vanderbilt and Georgia in his summer plans before getting ready for the football season. He currently holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia.