Richard lands SEC offer

The first offer has arrived for Nashville (Tenn.) Christ Presbyterian wide receiver Thomas Richard. The 6-1, 180-pound wideout had a productive junior season for head coach Ingle Martin, reeling in 55 catches for over 1,000 yards receiving. On Thursday, he was rewarded with an offer from Missouri.

Thomas Richard had over 1,000 yards receiving as a junior.

The offer didn’t come as a total surprise. Richard had visited Missouri on Tuesday of last week and has a serious interest in the Tigers as well as a family connection with his mother being an alumna. Wide receivers coach Jay Washington gave Richard the news.

“He asked how did I feel about being a Missouri Tiger and it went from there,” Richard said on Thursday evening. “I was definitely excited. My heart started beating really fast. I kind of thought it was coming. It was the first offer, Missouri’s in the SEC. I was really excited when I got it.”

Clearly Missouri has made an impression on Richard. After taking a visit last week, Richard is returning again this weekend for Missouri’s Spring game.

“The thing that impressed me the most was the coaches’ relationship with the players,” he said. ”Especially coach Washington with the receivers. They were having fun and getting work done. The most impressive thing was the coaching staff.”

On Sunday, Richard had a strong showing at the Memphis Nike Camp and that showing included a posted 37-inch vertical leap. That kind of athleticism along with his elite ball skills have spurred interest from several other programs as well. Among them are Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Clemson, Duke and Memphis.

This summer, Richard has penciled in camp appearances at Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. Not surprisingly, those are the three schools he’d like to add offers from.

“Tennessee and Vanderbilt for sure since they’re in the home state. I’d love to have an offer from them and Ole Miss. That’d be cool to have an Ole Miss offer.”

At this point, Richard has a very tentative timeline for a decision.

“I want to have a decision before the season starts but I want to be confident in my decision and I don’t want to rush it.”

Richard is currently ranked by 247Sports as the No. 19 player in the state of Tennessee and the No. 115 wide receiver in the country. The industry generated 247Composite ranking, which factors in the rankings from the other major recruiting sites also ranks him as a three-star prospect and the No. 22 player in the state.

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