February 7, 2011

Richmond checks out A&M and OU

Denton Ryan linebacker Jordan Richmond has been targeted by the Texas A&M staff for a long time. He was invited to a game last fall and then was offered by the Aggies during his team's playoff run to the Class 4A state title game. He was also received an invite to Texas A&M's second junior day on Jan. 29 and received plenty of attention their as well.

"Everything was really good," said the 6 foot, 1 inch, 220 lb. Richmond. "I felt really loved and at home."

"I had a chance to coach Sherman for about 20 to 25 minutes with my parents. I spent a lot of time with coach Nguyen too. They just really made me feel welcome, saying how much they thought of me, and that they want me to come out to a practice in the spring."

Like many of the prospects there, Richmond got an earful about A&M's academics.

"They talked a lot about it when they had us together as a group," he said, "but really most of the one on one time was more than just football. They talked about becoming a better man and just making the transition from high school."

In addition, A&M had a player panel that answered that both the prospects and their families had about A&M.

"They talked to us as a group," said Richmond. "They said that they wished that they would have prepared a little more and they have people to help you deal with the transition."

Richmond also attended a junior day at Oklahoma the following day.

"I was with my mom and dad," he said. "I spent most of my time with coach Venables, the linebackers coach and defensive coordinator. They showed me the campus and they told me about the tradition of linebackers to come through and their history."

However, Richmond did not receive an offer.

"They said that they would take their time sending out offers," said Richmond.

Richmond had 140 tackles (20 for loss) in 2010 to go with nine pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and two sacks in earning first team all district and honorable mention all state honors.

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