After delaying his announcement for over a week, an impressive Kentucky target has dropped his list of preferred colleges.
Daughty Richardson, rated by both 247 Sports and Rivals as a high three-star offensive tackle from the class of 2022, released his top 10 on Monday afternoon and the Wildcats made the cut. Also among his list of finalists, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound prospect included the likes of South Florida, Georgia Tech, Oregon, Missouri, West Virginia, Florida State, Arizona State, South Carolina, and Purdue.
This what y’all been waiting for? pic.twitter.com/nTECkrLT6w
— Daughtry Richardson (@DaughtryRichar1) March 1, 2021
Ever since new offensive line coach Eric Wolford was brought into the Wildcat program, UK has been hot on Richardson’s trail and he received an offer the day that Wolford was introduced back on Dec. 17. The two have a connection from Wolford’s previous stint at South Carolina when Richardson was offered a scholarship to become a Gamecock, and they’ve continued that relationship to Lexington.
According to Cats Illustrated, there was a sense a few weeks ago that Richardson was ready to make a commitment to Kentucky, however, he ultimately decided to back off that decision and has since left his recruitment open. A native of Tallahassee, he currently plays high school football down in Miami and grew up as a Florida State Seminoles fan. Oregon also extended Richardson an offer back in late January. Roughly a week before the Ducks came calling, he told 247 Sports that UK, West Virginia, and Arizona State were among his leaders.
It’s clear that Richardson’s delay didn’t kill the ‘Cats chances with him, but it does make the situation more interesting. At the beginning of February, Richardson told NoleGameday that Florida State has started to accelerate its recruitment with him and that they’ve made him a priority.
“They want me,” Richardson told NoleGamdeday about FSU. “That’s the message they are giving to me. They’re saying I’m a top tackle for their class, they want me to commit.”
Kentucky is still viewed as one of the leading schools for Richardson as he winds down his recruitment, but the competition is heating up.