RECRUITING: Richardson With Bama For Now
Escambia (Fla.) running back Trent Richardson still seeing Crimson
by Daniel Mingea III
Tiger Rag Recruiting Analyst
In early June, Escambia High School superstar Trent Richardson (5′11, 225, 4.5) decided to pull the trigger and offer his verbal pledge to the Crimson Tide. Since that time Richardson has been honest with his intentions on double-checking to make sure he made the correct college decision.
Part of the 5-star’s uncertainty is what led him to Baton Rouge on Saturday afternoon for the Tigers’ showdown against Georgia. Although LSU fell short, Richardson saw some positives with the team.
TigerRag.com caught up with the highly-touted back as he was heading into the LSU coaches complex on Sunday evening.
“I thought they (LSU) did pretty good,” Richardson expressed. “The defense needs to tighten up a little, but they should learn from the loss.
“On offense I thought the offensive line did a good job and Charles Scott looked pretty good running the ball,” Richardson added. “Every time he found a hole, he got through it.”
With that said, Richardson said it was obvious why the team was struggling this year and is confident he knows the solution to that problem.
“I think they struggled because they have inexperienced quarterbacks playing,” Richardson noted. “I think they’re going to get better though and the offense should be even better next year when Russell Shepard gets there.
“I know Russell is going to do good especially when they have him in the shotgun offense,” Richardson added.
Were the positives from the game combined with a promising future enough to sway Scout.com’s #4 ranked running back’s decision?
“I think I could fit in with LSU, but I’m still leaning towards Alabama right now,” Richardson answered. “It’s still early though, we have to go all the way until February.”
In Richardson’s previous interview with TigerRag.com, he stated the outcome of the Tigers vs. Bama game would play a major role in his decision. Is that still the case?
“Well, I’m going to be back here in two weeks, but I don’t know about that (the outcome) any more,” Richardson replied. “We’re just going to have to wait and see.”
Richardson arrived at Tiger Stadium with his mother and his brother in the second half as he was busy taking his ACT prior to the game.
“I got to the game in the third quarter because I had to take the ACT first,” Richardson informed. “I got there late so I didn’t get to talk to many recruits, but I did talk to Christine Michael.
“I liked talking to him because we both play the same position,” Richardson continued. “It would be cool if we played on the same team because you’d have the #2 and the #4 ranked running backs in the same back field at the same time.”
After the game Richardson managed to talk to some of the LSU coaches as well.
“I talked to some of the coaches yesterday,” Richardson explained. “They talked a little bit about recruiting, but most of the time they lay off of that stuff because they know I’m going to do what’s best for me. We talked mostly about the offensive line and stuff like that.”
Note: Richardson said next up for him is the LSU vs. Alabama game and then possibly the high school playoffs.