Will Richardson must have a thing for swords and funny hats.
The six-foot-six, 308-pound offensive tackle will leave Burlington (N.C) Cummings—whose mascot is the Cavalier —and take his talents slightly north, joining Mike London’s Virginia Cavaliers in 2014. Richardson verbally committed to Virginia on Saturday afternoon.
After being asked multiple times by London if he was ready to “join the bus,” Richardson sat down with the coach and his parents to let the Cavs know that they better save him a seat.
Richardson had 11 offers, five of which were ACC schools, and three of which came from in-state schools. Duke, N.C. State, and East Carolina were all hoping to land the No. 126 recruit in his class (per ESPN's National Top 150), but failed to seal the deal. Florida State, Virginia Tech, Indiana, and Kentucky, who were also making a play for Richardson, couldn’t sway the three-star recruit either.
Richardson said a big variable in his decision was how his parents warmed up to the university upon their visit.
“I was just seeing how they liked things. I wanted my parents to really like where I picked,” he said. “They just enjoyed their time there. They had smiles on their faces for the same things I was smiling about my first time there.”
But Richardson’s choice extended beyond family and football. With a perfect 4.0 GPA at Cummings, he said he was impressed with the academic tradition at U.Va, where he will study architecture.
“That is what everyone talks about is UVa's academics,” he told <HooNation.com>. “I feel like picking this school is really going to push me to my limit, and it is going to help me be a successful person later in life.”
A right tackle in high school, Mike London will have Richardson play left tackle for Virginia. Richardson welcomes the conversion.
“You have to be a man to play that position,” Richardson said. “You can’t be a little chump. It is something I take very seriously. It is a position I take pride in playing.”
Richardson becomes the fifth U.Va commit of the 2014 class, and will join four-star offensive tackle Steven Moss in the trenches next year.