Irish still in the mix for Richardson?

Irish still in the mix for Richardson?

After visiting with Scout.com 4-star offensive lineman Antonio Richardson on Wednesday night are the Irish still in the running? We spoke with Richardson to get the latest about his interest in Notre Dame.

In the spring, Antonio Richardson had yet to visit Notre Dame for any type of visit. Since that time, the 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive tackle has visited campus, played several games with Ensworth High School, and transfer to Pearl-Cohn High School.

While some may have thought Richardson and the Irish had gone their separate ways, Richardson was quick to point out Notre Dame made a visit to his home that went very well.

"Coach (Tim) Hinton came by my school and then visited my house last night," Richardson told Irish Eyes. "He stayed for about two hours and we had a great time together. We talked about some football, but we also talked about life."

As for the change in schools that stopped his senior season, Richardson explained why the move was made.

"I transferred with two games left in the season. I have a 21 on my ACT, but I need to get my GPA up some from going to a private school. Changing schools was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make. The team had lost their first two games of the season, then went on to win state after beating three nationally ranked teams. But I had to leave. I enjoyed playing when I got to play because it was my senior season."

While his offer list is too long to list, Antonio has yet to make a single official visit. At present time, he has not even officially accepted a visit.

"I have not decided yet. I am still trying to make a decision on taking any visits. I have not taken any visits and will look to take them in January. I am looking to take all five visits but not sure where I am going to go yet."

As for the schools that will be considered.

"I guess you would have to say I have more than a Top Ten. Miami, Oklahoma, USC, South Carolina, Arkansas, LSU, Georgia, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Alabama, Auburn, and Clemson are schools I am still considering."

"I know I have to narrow it down to a Top Five when I get ready to take my official visits. There is a chance I might sign after national signing day because of my transfer."

As for the Irish, Richardson knows what they have to offer.

"The academics and graduation rate is great and how they support their players. They have a tremendous support system to make sure their players are in a position to succeed. The football part of it is also top notch. They are on NBC all the time, and have a great tradition with a great fan base."

From his visit this past summer, Antonio felt there was a difference in Notre Dame as compared to other schools he did visit.

"Notre Dame is a very different environment as compared to SEC schools. When I went up there, it was really different. I knew it was not going to be like anything in the south as they (Notre Dame) has their own way of doing things. Everything about Notre Dame is different. I feel every conference has their own atmosphere, but Notre Dame has their own atmosphere and that is what makes them Notre Dame."

As for what he remembers and if the Irish are in serious contention, Antonio closed our conversation with the following.

"I remember Notre Dame has a beautiful campus with great football facilities. I cannot say anything negative about Notre Dame. I enjoyed meeting the coaches and some of the players when I was there and Notre Dame will be in the running when I make my decision."

Only time will tell if Antonio Richardson and the Irish can come together for an official visit. If they do, look out because the Irish could end up signing one of the country's top offensive linemen.

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