Trent Richardson is one of the best running backs in a very talented stable of ball carriers in the 2009 recruiting class. In June Richardson kind of surprised fans when he decided to commit to Alabama instead of schools like LSU and the in-state schools. He told NoleDigest that recruiting has been fun and that he's taking it one day at a time. According to Trent Signing Day is a long time away and there is a shot things could change.
"I've been having fun with recruiting," said Richardson. "I'm still committed to Alabama but we're a long way away from Signing Day so you never know what may happen. I like the academic program at Alabama, and it was hard to turn down LSU because they had it all set up well for me. I'd say I am still looking at LSU, Florida and Florida State the most. It's hard to turn down the Florida schools and having my brother at Louisiana-Lafayette is big for LSU. I'd probably say LSU and Florida are ahead of FSU right now but I like how they (FSU) run the ball.
Scott Kennedy from Scout.com says that Richardson is an extremely hard runner who fights for every last inch when he has the ball in his hands. He is extremely hard to knock off his feet and breaks tackles well with his balance, and that he sees the hole and attacks the second level of defenders, punishing smaller linebackers and defensive backs. Over the summer Trent attended a few camps where he showed his combination of size and elite speed.
"I went to Friday Night Lights and to the camp at Alabama. I was supposed to go to the camp at FSU but a few things came up and I had to head up to Alabama for their camp. I wanted to go but I wasn't able to make it there. I did pretty well at the Florida camp as I was named the top prospect there. The coaches told me that I did very well and that they like me as a player. It was cool hanging around the coaches. They thought I had good character. That visit was good and it was nice to see that they run downhill more than I thought."
"I had a really good time at the Alabama camp," continued Richardson about his summer experience. "I spent a lot of time with the guys from the 2008 and 2009 recruiting classes, especially Julio Jones, Star Jackson and Jerrell Harris. I had a good workout there and a lot of people got to see me in action."
While Trent didn't get a chance to visit the Seminoles over the summer he says that he is familiar with the coaches and the way they like to do things. Richardson told NoleDigest that the coaches are high on him and that they think he's a candidate to make an immediate impact on the college level.
"FSU talks about the same things that LSU, Alabama and Florida say," stated Richardson. "I feel that no matter where I go I will have to compete. I'm very competitive. The coaches told me that I could come there and play early, though. I talk to Coach Carter and Coach Coley, but I'd say not as much as the other schools right now.
Trent says that he plans on making some official visits this winter and he has it narrowed down a list of schools he'd like to see. He says he'll be looking for certain aspects during the season from these schools and that they'll play a part in his decision.
"I'll probably take my officials after the season," said Richardson about when he'll start taking visits. "I know I will visit Alabama, LSU, Florida and probably Florida State. FSU is close to home so I may just take a few unofficials and use my officials to visit schools that aren't close. I will definitely be checking out a few games though at FSU. Mississippi State and Miami are two other schools that I'm looking at and that I might trip to."
"I'm going to be looking at the schools linemen and what they have and who they're bringing in.," explained Richardson about what he's looking for. "I like Alabama and who they've brought in, and Florida and FSU have brought in a lot of guys too. LSU is like right there with Alabama and it was hard for me to turn them down. To be honest I'd like to play for them all but I can't. It's early so you never know how things will work out. I don't want to play too far away from home and I am looking at the line, and how the season goes. All of these schools have good academic programs so I can't go wrong."
Trent is looking to gain over 2,000 yards in the fall and hopes to be a leader for his young team. He says heading into his season Alabama, LSU, Florida and Florida State are his top 4 while Mississippi State and Miami battle for that 5th and final position. Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Trent's recruitment, as well as the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.
Trent Richardson's stock on the recruiting trail has increased over the summer. The physical specimen committed to Alabama early in the summer and has stayed committed going into the fall, but several other schools have a shot at the talented 4-star running back. NoleDigest spoke to Trent to get his thoughts on his recruitment and to see if Florida State is still in the running for his signature.