July 23, 2010

Michigan DB earns UA offer

Several up and coming 2012 prospects picked up scholarship offers at Alabama's summer camp this week, including some prospects from outside the South. One of the most talked-about junior prospects at the camp was Detroit cornerback Terry Richardson, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound defensive back who just recently also picked up offers from Iowa and LSU after similarly strong camp performances.

"I went down to Tuscaloosa on Tuesday and stayed for Wednesday as well," Richardson said. "I had planned on going to the LSU camp for a long time and then decided I would swing by Alabama for their camp as well while I was down here."

"I met Coach Mac (Jim McElwain) and Coach (Bobby) Williams when I first got to the camp and they both seemed excited to see me. I felt like I did a really good job in one-on-one drills and in the 7-on-7 competition as well. I got a couple of really good reactions out of Coach Saban which made me feel pretty good. After the practice was over on Tuesday, I got called up to go see Coach Saban in his office and he told me Alabama was going to offer me a scholarship. He said he liked my ball skills a lot and said I have good instincts. He also said I have the quickness you need to play in the SEC and he liked how I was able to wall off receivers on deep balls."

While Richardson played behind two Division I signees last season at powerhouse Cass Tech High School, the young defender is finally getting a chance to showcase his talents and figures to play a more prominent role this fall on defense.

"I'm very comfortable with how things have gone for me as far as recruiting. I came down South to compete and show myself and everyone else that I am capable of playing at a high level against great competition. I feel like I worked hard for these offers but at the same time I feel very blessed to have them. I'm also hearing a lot from Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State as well."

Richardson said he also plans on visiting Tuscaloosa again this fall, likely for one of the Tide's biggest home games.

"I'm planning on going to a lot of games this season. I'll be at the LSU-North Carolina game in Atlanta, then I"m going to Alabama for either the Penn State or Florida game, and I'm also going to the Ohio State vs. Miami game. I will also try to make it to games at Michigan and Michigan State as well."

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