July 14, 2010
Michael Richardson enjoys A&M camp
DeSoto defensive end Michael Richardson started last year as a sophomore on one of most talent-laden teams in the Metroplex. In fact, due to the number of college coaches that top by the Eagles' campus every year, it was hard not to notice the 6 foot 2, 228 pound Richardson either in spring practices or on film that they watched.
Richardson has already translated that interest into four scholarship offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. He's also hitting the camp circuit this summer in an effort to make himself a better football player and one of his stops was Texas A&M's one day camp this past weekend.
"It was fun," he said. "I had a blast. I worked a little bit with the defensive line coach and I I worked with coach Nick (Toth) a little bit. They are recruiting me as a 3-4 outside linebacker so that's why I worked with him."
Richardson was asked what was the one thing that he took out of the camp.
"I learned every week that they take a test about their opponent," he said. "I found out that could be really helpful. I was going to tell my coach about it. We could do it at this level."
"The first thing we did was walk around the locker room and facilities. I liked them. It was more like a traditional locker room. It didn't have all that excess stuff. It had a cozy feeling."
After the tour, Richardson got to work. He ran a 4.9 forty ("I'm not used to running that high") and a 4.3 in the shuttle. He then got involved in the drills with coaches Nick Toth and Terrell Williams.
"I went outside and did 7 on 7 work," he said. "Coach Toth wanted to see how I did with that and I did pretty good. He showed me all of the basics. All we ran was zones, nothing special."
"We went to the indoor facility and did one on ones. They had me in a three point stance. I had ten one on ones and won all but one of them. I was really just using a basic club and rip move. Most of the guys I went against were about 6 foot 2 and 260 or 270. I didn't talk to the coaches much. I didn't stay that long afterwards. My mom was tired and we had a long drive back."
Richardson has also been to camps at Texas and Tennessee. He talked in detail about his experiences.
"The Texas camp was fun," he said. "I liked the enthusiasm that the coaches brought to the field. The camps (A&M versus Texas) were different but I can't pinpoint how they were different. The facilities at Texas were more high tech. They have tradition and Texas has tradition too."
"I worked with coach Giles (defensive ends coach). The main thing I learned was how to work my hips better. With every camp I tried to learn something different. I talked to the coaches some. They couldn't really talk to us about recruiting. They said my feet were good and that I had a quick get off. They said for me to get in the weight room for as long as I can as get as big as I can."
"Tennessee was fun. I liked the atmosphere up there. I liked the mountains and stuff. I really liked that facility. I didn't perform to my potential but at same time I did good. I talked to coach Dooley and he told me keep working during my junior year. They are going to keep an eye on me and see how I progress."
This week, Richardson is going to a camp with LSU. He was asked what he was looking for with the Tigers.
"I'm looking forward to going with Juan Hill and Curtis Riser (offensive linemen from DeSoto)," he said. "The main thing I would like to see is how the coaches act toward the game of football. Are they as enthusiastic as we are down here in Texas."
Does he have any favorites?
"I don't have any favorites right now," he said. "Any school I can go to and get a good education. I'm looking for coaches who really love the game of football. I want to play as early as I can too."
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