Getting to Know: Quarterback signee Anthony Richardson

Dec 27, 2019 | 0 comments

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Arguably one of the most anticipated commitments in Florida’s 2020 class, Anthony Richardson‍ signed with the Gators on Dec. 18. The four-star quarterback out of Gainesville (Fla.) graduated a semester early from Eastside High School and enrolled at UF in time to participate in bowl game practices.

In this edition of Getting to Know, Richardson raves about Florida’s family atmosphere, debunks rumors regarding his brief decommitment and elaborates on his childhood idolization of Cam Newton.


What field of study are you interested in?
”UF — they don’t have criminal justice, but they have criminology, so I’m going to do that.”

If you could go on a dream date with anyone in the world, who would it be?
”Rihanna because that’s my celebrity crush.”

What would your first purchase be if you were taken in the first round?
”I would say, maybe, a house or a car. A Hellcat Charger.”

What’s one item you can’t live without, and why?
“Maybe my phone. Sometimes without that I’m bored.”

What’s your favorite professional football team?
”I don’t have one. At all.”

Then is there a team you enjoy watching the most?
”I would have to say the Ravens because of Lamar Jackson.”

Who is your favorite NFL football player right now, and why?
”Before it was Cam Newton. He’s still one of my top, but Lamar has been outstanding, so he’s my favorite right now.

Who has been the biggest role model in your life?
”I would have to say my mom because of how strong she is, and I just try to mimic what she does and be as strong as she is.”

What’s your favorite type of music? Any particular artist or song?
”I like hip hop and rap music. My favorite artist is Lil Uzi Vert. I love all of his songs, but my top right now is the new song that he just dropped. It’s called Futsal Shuffle.”

What’s your favorite movie or TV show?
”Favorite movie, I would say All About the Benjamins. I have two (TV shows): The Amazing World of Gumball and Teen Titans Go.”

If you could pick one person in the world to meet, who would it be?
”I’m not sure. I don’t have anyone in mind. Well, maybe, Cam — Cam Newton, maybe. Yea, I watched him when he was at Auburn, and he was, like, totally legit and unstoppable.

What are three things on your bucket list?
”(I) want to go skydiving. Yea, skydiving is one. I’m not sure — skydiving has to be the top one. I’ve kind of, like, always wanted to do that, because I sort of have a fear of heights, but then again I don’t, so I want to knock that out.”

What number do you want to wear when you get to UF?
”Number two. I got number two in middle school because of Cam Newton, and I’ve been rocking that number ever since, so it’s, like, one of my favorite numbers. I hope to get that number when I get there.”

What’s something about you that Gator Nation would be surprised to find out?
”There’s a couple; I’ll name three right now. Okay, I can do a back-flip on the ground, I love playing fortnite and I love skittles.”


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Take us through the process that led to your commitment. What was that experience like for you?
”Honestly, it was just trying to find a place that I could call home; find a place that I felt comfortable with. And, looking at different schools, UF was just really, like, the only school that treated me like family, so I decided I wanted to stay at home and go to UF.”

(On his brief decommitment and UF’s timely interest in Carson Beck):
“Yea, uh, so I decommitted to pursue other options and to see how many other schools wanted me, because at the time, when I was committed, I only had 15 offers, so I felt as if I had cut my recruitment short. So, I decommitted. And it wasn’t because (of) Carson — everyone was thinking I had decommitted because of Carson. But me and Carson are different. It wasn’t because of him. I just wanted to see who was wanting me. (But) nobody else really treated me like Florida, so.”

Which school came in second for you, and why?
”I had two other schools that I was looking at: Penn State and UCF. And, just, those two schools just — I fit in the program. But Penn State had to come second for me because I wanted to enter their criminal justice program that they have and it was pretty good there, but things turned out differently for me.”

What was the craziest, strangest or weirdest moment of the recruiting cycle for you?
”I would say — I would probably say the craziest moment for me is Auburn wanting me to change my position in order for them to offer me. I’m not even sure (to what position) — anything else because they already had a quarterback committed.”

If there was one thing you could change about the recruiting process, what would it be?
”Honestly, I wouldn’t change anything. I feel like if I changed anything, then things would be totally different. I’m glad (about) how everything turned out.

If you could play a sport other than football, what would it be?
”I ran track and played basketball before. I wanted to try either baseball or soccer. I’m just very athletic so I just wanted to try the sports.”

What’s your favorite football memory?
”Favorite football memory, uh, I don’t even know. Probably ninth-grade year when I got that one-handed catch, and I was playing receiver.”

What would you say are your greatest strengths as a football player?
”I would say my size and how fast I am to be the size I am. Yea, I would say my size and my speed.”

What do you feel that you need to work on the most while at Florida?
”Making strong decisions and — strong decisions when I’m struggling and reading coaches better.

What was the most appealing part about UF for you?
”Just how everyone treated me when I stepped on the campus. They treated me like family, and that is probably one of the best things that you want as a recruit. Also, just the school. Their education is different, so the school and the family.

Who is the prospect you’ve talked to the most from the Class of 2020?
”I would say, I’ve probably talked to Jaquavion (Fraziars) and Richie Leonard. I’ve built a strong bond with them.” 


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