With his play throughout travel season, particularly during July, Will Richardson has become one of the more highly recruited guards in the country. Starting at the Peach Jam and ending in Las Vegas, the four-star prospect had head coaches from all over the country following him around.
Florida and Georgia have been the two schools in the mix with Richardson early on. Ohio State’s staff has been on him just as long as they are started recruiting him at Butler and haven’t let up one bit since arriving in Columbus. Last month, the Georgia native had Gonzaga, Miami and Oregon join the mix.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
Richardson talked about some of the schools involved in his recruitment.
Florida: “Their pitch they are throwing at me is that they are going to need a point guard next year. They are saying I could come in and maybe start or at least get a lot of minutes on a top 10 team in the country.”
Georgia: “My family is really close with the Georgia staff. They talk like every day. Mark Fox and his staff have told me I’m their No. 1 priority at any position. They have prioritized me.”
Gonzaga: “The coaches have told me they have had a bunch of All-American point guards and get guys to the League every few years. They are really good developing the point guard position and they win games.”
Miami: “It’s a great program. They’ve had a couple guards make it to the League in the last few years. Rion Brown who went to my old high school played there. He’s told me about them.”
Ohio State: “I’ve been really close with that staff since they were at Butler. They were one of the first staffs to call me my sophomore year when coaches could start calling. I’ve built more of a relationship with the coaching staff there more than the school.”
Oregon: “They are going to need a guard to come in and get minutes right away. Their coaches have told me they only want guys who want to get to the NBA. He’s all about getting players to the next level.”
Richardson said he’s in the process of trimming down his list right now and should be setting up some visits very soon. His current plan is to take four visits before committing, but he’s going to save one just in case he needs another down the road. If all goes well on any particular trip, he’s not opposed to ending his recruitment quicker. It looks like he’ll be committed by the end of September.
Richardson didn’t want to put out the schools, but said he has about six schools in mind right now that he’s still considering. After talking to him, the schools we talked about above are probably a safe guess to be the schools he’s still open to. Relationships appear to be a big factor for Richardson along with being given the opportunity to play point guard, so look for Florida, Georgia and Ohio State to be the schools that get the most traction here.