Richardson names a leader

Mar 23, 2019 | 0 comments

Florida has been without a quarterback commit in the Class of 2020 since Gainesville (Fla.) Eastside signal caller Anthony Richardson‍ decommitted last month.

However, that drought may not last much longer.

Anthony, who visited Florida today with his mother and younger brother in tow, plans on making his college choice at the end of spring and though he has a final four he is considering, there is but one leader.

“I mean, nothing really changes from visit to visit,” Richardson said at the conclusion of Saturday’s practice. “But I love the energy, like, coming out and watching everybody have fun.”

It was not all fun and games though for the Eastside Ram. Football is a business and with a tease at a decision coming up, Richardson had some quality time with staffers scheduled shortly after the team finished gassers.

“I came out to talk to Coach [Dan] Mullen, Coach [Brian] Johnson, Coach [John] Hevesy, the other coaches too.”

Richardson is a bit of a hot commodity on the University of Florida campus. In addition to meeting with three coaches, linebackers coach Christian Robinson rushed up for a handshake while he was leaving the field.

Even after backing off of his pledge from the hometown Gators, he maintained that Florida would remain in the mix for his signature. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound junior stuck to those sentiments. Richardson has 17 offers in total, but has narrowed the list down to a much more manageable number.

“My top four is Florida, Michigan, Penn State, and UCF.”

There is on program currently out in front.

“Florida,” replied Richardson when asked for a leader. “Florida makes me feel at home and they’re all about future and bigger than football.”

Though he said that the Gators lead, and in his mind his decision is made, Richardson won’t announce his commitment until after his high school team goes through spring ball.

He did however reveal that some Gators commits are in the loop.

“I talk to Gervon [Dexter], Ja’Quavion [Fraziars], and [Leonard] Manuel, who’s actually one of my really good friends, a lot. We don’t really talk about football though because they already know where I’m going. I told them,” he smiled.

The soft-spoken dual-threat was transparent when discussing how regularly he talks to some guys associated with the orange and blue.

“A lot of the Florida [targets] and commits are in a group chat and where we talk about school, football, you know whatever,” Richardson said. “We all talk like every day.”

The three-star prospect put in work from his sophomore to junior year. At The Opening, Richardson jumped from the 82nd percentile to the 99th among all athletes in attendance. Because of that performance, the consensus top-15 dual-threat picked up an invitation to Elite 11.

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