Antonio Richardson & Irish Connect

Antonio Richardson & Irish Connect

Scout.com 4-star offensive tackle/defensive tackle Antonio Richardson talks about Notre Dame.

As many know the Nashville, Tennessee area has seen its share of devastation the past couple of weeks. With floods having destroyed property and lives having been lost, talking about football recruiting was the last thing on the minds of Antonio Richardson and his father Lanny.

But what I soon learned, while the Richardson family is safe and didn't suffer lost or damaged property, they still feel the effects of those around them.

"Everything is coming back together as we're helping each other out," Antonio Richardson said on Monday night. Our football field was flooded but I'm not sure about any of our equipment."

At 6-foot-6, 285-pounds the Nashville (TN) Ensworth High School product already holds twenty-one scholarship offers. One of those offers came from Notre Dame.

"Notre Dame came by the school today. Coach Hinton seems like a pretty nice guy and also seems like a nice guy to play for. One thing I know about Notre Dame is there an independent schools that is back on the rise and they have great tradition. I only know positive things about Notre Dame."

With so many offers this yes sir, no sir man of the south knows he's got a great support group.

"I'm adjusting to all of this attention really well. My father is keeping my head up and helping me work through it. My father is keeping coaches on their toes and he's really looking out for me. I feel the sooner it's over the better it (recruiting process) will be."

As for a favorite school that has offered Richardson doesn't feel one has stepped out above the other.

"I can't say I've got a favorite. I'm really open right now and just want to see how this process ends up. I'm really open."

As for Notre Dame, neither father nor son has visited campus before.

"We've never visited and I'm sure my father and I will try to make our way up there to see where they are coming from and get a look at the school."

With 21 offers you'd expect at least one program to have turned a head or two.

"Everybody has turned my head. These are big time colleges that are looking at me, so every time I get an offer it turns my head."

Looking to study business or sports management, Antonio knows what he's looking for in a program.

"I'm looking for a school that can support me academically. I want a great coaching staff. I want a place where I can get a degree and have good position coaches and strength coaches. If I can play early that would also be great."

When asked to describe himself as a player, Antonio wasn't too keen about talking about himself. But he did give a description of what he feels he's good at and still needs work on.

"I play the game with a lot of emotion. I'm a good run blocker and play with a lot of intensity. I like to draw double and triple teams so my teammates are able to make plays. I use my hands really well but need to keep working on my footwork and pad level along with my pass sets."

Some of the newest offers have come from UCLA, Vanderbilt, and Virginia to name a few.

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