|Richardson excited for challenge ahead|
Last week, the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp in Southfield played host to hundreds of high school prospects as well as college coaches from around the Midwest. Several Michigan commitments were in attendance, but they weren’t the only future Wolverines on hand, with incoming freshman cornerback Terry Richardson watching the event as well.
“I was at this camp for the last three years,” noted the talented athlete. “I appreciate what this camp has done for me. So I want to come back and help out and do whatever I can … I got my first scholarship from Iowa at this camp. If it weren’t for this camp, I wouldn’t have gotten that. So just to overall come out here and see these guys competing, trying to get scholarships like I did, that’s a beautiful thing.”
The Sound Mind Sound Body camp featured six pledges to the Maize and Blue, as well as a handful of commitments to other schools. Richardson noted that he has great respect for players that will participate in such an event under those circumstances, noting that the Wolverines will benefit from that kind of attitude down the road.
“To see these guys out here competing at the camp, they probably wouldn’t have to do this,” he explained. “They have their offers and have committed. The fact that they still came out and competed and wanted to show that they are every bit of their rank and status, that’s amazing.
“The one thing that I love about our class is that Michigan is getting guys that love to compete. We’re not all hype. We can really show you what we are all about … We love competition. We don’t run from competition. If the best are going to be there – we think we’re the best, so we’re going to be there.”
Looking ahead to his future in Ann Arbor, Richardson is excited about the change in lifestyle that is quickly approaching.
“My graduation was June 4th, so now it’s just a countdown to U-M,” he said. “I’m looking forward to college. The only thing I’m not looking forward to is those doggone midterms … Everything is just a process of growing up now. Now it’s time for us to do things on our own.”
Richardson will get started with summer work at Michigan in the coming days, but has already been putting in great effort to prepare himself for what he will face.
“I’ve been working and studying,” he explained. “More studying actually, because I know for a fact that when you go to college football, it’s all about what they are talking about in that film room. I’ve been studying day and night, learning more about corner and coverages. That’s been the main focus. Make sure that I know what I’m talking about.”
Joining a Michigan squad that only loses Troy Woolfolk from its defensive backfield contributors; Richardson hopes that he can make an impact in his first year, but is aware of the challenge that he will face in reaching that goal.
“I don’t know if I’ll play or redshirt,” he stated. “I leave that up to the coaches. I just know that I’m going to go out there and give my best effort and compete. I’m going to try to make some things happen for myself.”