April 2, 2013

A 'man on the move'

Calvary Day tight end Milan Richard describes himself as a 'man on the move.'

The four-star prospect has made visits to Florida, South Carolina, and Clemson in recent weeks, and has a number of other visits and camps planned in the coming weeks.

Last weekend Richard and his family decided to slow it down a bit as they saw one of his schools of interest, Georgia, but decided to spend the weekend in Athens.

According to the Savannah native, spending two days in the Classic City was a chance for him to learn about the academic and athletic side of UGA.

"I got there (UGA) Friday afternoon, and most of the time on Friday we met with academic staff then we caught the end of practice so Friday was mostly for academics," Richard said. "Saturday was a scrimmage and more on the football side. I met with more coaches and things like that. I met with Coach (John) Lilly and Coach (Mark) Richt and watched the scrimmage, things like that."

Richard's thoughts on the visit were quite positive.

"It was a really good visit," he said. "They showed a lot of hospitality. Conversations with Coach Richt went well, and it was a great visit overall."

When prospects visit a campus, the school will often put its best foot forward in an effort to impress the recruit.

In Richard's case, the highlight of the trip wasn't anything extravagant as he just enjoyed spending time with the Georgia head coach.

"Probably my conversation with Coach Richt," Richard said when asked about the highlight of his visit. "He just made it clear that they really want me said they feel I can help them win championships."

Having a chance to speak at length with his prospective position coach was another bright spot of his visit to the Classic City.

"Coach (John) Lilly is a great guy," Richard said. "He is a Godly man. He is a great family guy. I just feel he is about winning. Everyone is in his profession but I just think he has good values and is great with players and he has a great family."

In the time he spent at Georgia, the coaches shared their plans at the tight end position and their plans for Richard should be become a Bulldog in the future.

"They said they want to bring in one guy at tight end," he said. "They want to be a little bit of everything with me. I believe in the SEC you have to be able to come down and play power football and run the football. They told me they want to use me like they used Orson (Charles) with how they were able to flex him out on the backside of things and get one-on-one coverage. They also want me to be able to line up tight and run down the middle field and the seams and things like that, just being very versatile. They feel like I can come in do more than one thing."

After seeing so many campuses in the New Year, Richard says that he isn't ready to name a leader or narrow things down, but a few teams are clearly in the mix.

"I don't have a top list or anything, but Georgia is right there," he said. They (UGA) have always been there throughout the process and they helped themselves this weekend. Clemson is definitely in there and Tennessee, too."

Richard's schedule has been busy, but things aren't slowing down anytime soon as he has plans for the next couple of weeks as well.

"I'll be at the Rivals camp this weekend in Atlanta, and on April 13 I'll be going to Tennessee," Richard said.

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