Kentucky is still in favorable position with a potential successor to the Big Blue Wall.
On Monday afternoon, Daughtry Richardson, a three-star offensive tackle out of the class of 2022 down in Miami, FL, released his top 10 list of potential college decisions and the Kentucky Wildcats were among the selective group. With a potential commitment date still far down the line, Richardson is letting his recruitment process play out a bit longer than he previously expected.
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— Daughtry Richardson (@DaughtryRichar1) March 1, 2021
Following the announcement of his top 10–which also included the likes of Florida State, Oregon, Arizona State, and West Virginia, along with South Carolina, South Florida, Missouri, Purdue, and Georgia Tech–Richardson spoke with KSR to help further break down his preferred choices. He briefly touched on each school that made his list, and below are some of the highlights from most of those programs.
South Florida: “Coach Allen [Mogridge] welcomed me with open arms. He told me what’s real and what’s not. It was a lot of love and I felt love. Like he was welcoming me to the family already.”
Florida State: “I’m from Tallahassee, so of course they’re going to recruit me the hardest. They want me back home. Coach [Alex] Atkins is a very good dude. He always kept it real from the start. He told me that he was going to take care of me and he did, he gave me an offer, he gave me a chance. He’s a man of his word.”
South Carolina: “Coach [Eric] Wolford offered me during the summer. He definitely kept it real from the start. It was good. And that’s when Coach Wolf left to go to Kentucky and Coach [Greg] Adkins came in. He’s also a good coach, texting me telling me that they want me.”
Missouri: “Coach [Marcus] Johnson always stays in touch with me, every day. Every day I talk to Coach Johnson. They showed me a lot of love. I went on a virtual visit and it was good.”
Oregon: “Coach [Alex] Mirabal, he was born and raised in Miami so it was a connection already. He knew my offensive line coach. He told me the negative and positives of doing that (moving out west).”
West Virginia: “Coach [Matt] Moore always updates me with facts every single day about West Virginia. I did a virtual visit with them too. They’re big on academics, and we love that school because they’re big on academics. Coach Moore is a good guy. Coach [Travis] Trickett is a good guy, he’s always checking up on me making sure I’m doing good in school and everything. Checking up on me like I’m one of his own.”
Arizona State: “They all showed me love from the start. They opened with big arms, like a family. It’s a lot of love.”
Kentucky: “Coach Wolf–funny dude, good guy. He’s definitely a different person. A very funny coach. He kept it real with me since he was at South Carolina; that’s what I like right there. He was honest with me. He told me the negatives and the positives about Kentucky. He tells me they want me every single day. Coach Wolf is always sending me a commitment edit saying ‘this looks good’. It’s always good vibes around Coach Wolf–and Coach [Steve] Clink[scale] also.”
Richardson was especially excited to speak about Arizona State, quickly listing off five or six different coaches he’s been in contact with before talking about the family atmosphere that they’ve presented him thus far. He even went as far as to say that they’re among the top half of his top 10 schools. However, Florida State is perceived as one of the leaders, if not the team to beat. Richardson currently holds two 247 Sports Crystal Ball projections in favor of him choosing his hometown team, the Seminoles.
Before moving to Miami where he currently attends high school, Richardson was born in Tallahassee and grew up as a Florida State fan. The FSU coaching staff has made him a high priority and they’re likely part of the reason Richardson elected to delay his process a bit.
Kentucky is another school that Richardson said is “definitely” near the top of his list, and he has a long-standing relationship with offensive line coach Eric Wolford, as previously mentioned. When Wolford left South Carolina to take the Kentucky job back on Dec. 17, he wasted no time reaching out to Richardson.
“The first day he got out there,” Richardson said about how soon Coach Wolford spoke to him once he took the position at UK. “He said I was the first one he called. He offered me right then and there.”
Initially, Richardson planned on releasing his top 10 earlier this year but he ultimately decided to sit on that decision. In fact, Richardson confirmed to KSR that he planned on committing to the Wildcat program weeks ago before more offers began to roll in and more eyes were directed at him. He’s received roughly a dozen offers since 2021 began.
“It brought me back because I started seeing more offers rolling in,” Richardson told KSR .”So I slowed down because that’s when coaches started hitting me up a lot. I pumped the brakes and just slowed down.”
For now, there is no timeline in regards to a potential commitment date. Richardson would still like to visit a few different campuses this summer, especially Kentucky’s, once the in-person recruiting dead period is hopefully lifted on May 31. Before COVID-19 mucked up the landscape, he had taken several on-campus visits to the likes of Florida State and Georgia Tech along with other southern schools such as Tennessee, Auburn, Central Florida, and Florida, among many others. He’s already picked up two new offers (Pittsburgh and Central Florida) in the hours following his top 10 announcement.
Richardson is doing his due diligence in his process, but Kentucky is still clearly a team that believes it can bring him onboard.