June 3, 2010

Richardson talks camps, recruiting

Nashville (TN) Ensworth offensive tackle Antonio Richardson remains the top offensive lineman on the board for a number of the South's elite programs and the recently named Rivals100 member currently holds offers from over 20 schools, including nearly the entire SEC. With his junior year behind him, Richardson will spend the summer and fall focused on learning as much as possible about all his potential suitors.

"I'm honestly still interested in everybody right now," said Richardson. "Nobody is ahead of anyone else. There are a lot of schools that have shown me things that I like but I feel like I need to see what everyone has to offer before I can start comparing."

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound tackle is playing things by ear this summer, allowing his father to handle all his scheduling issues.

"This weekend I'll be at Tennessee's camp. It's really just a good opportunity for me to go work against some good competition and also to see their campus a little more."

"After this weekend, I don't really have anything scheduled. My dad handles scheduling everything for me and we typically don't make decisions about anything until the last minute. I'm thinking about visiting Alabama this summer but it wouldn't be for one of their camps. I'm sure we'll take a few visits this summer but I'm planning on doing most of my visiting in the fall."

The four-star lineman said his current plan includes making an announcement on National Signing Day, which he hopes will remove any pressures or doubts that may come along with committing to a school early.

"Right now I'm probably going to wait until signing day to make my decision. It could get tough considering all the schools that are coming after me, which is pretty much the entire SEC except for Florida. I just have to stay focused and not get too overwhelmed."

As for what type of offense Richardson prefers, his Ensworth High School team has developed a reputation as one of the most potent power running teams in Tennessee.

"I would say my biggest strength is my run blocking. I like getting into the secondary and picking up blocks down the field to really open things up for the running game. We run a power offense that really relies on the run so that's probably what I'd be most comfortable with at the college level, at least right away. I feel like my pass blocking skills are strong too, though."

Richardson is rated the No. 44 overall prospect in the nation for the class of 2011.

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