WVU Sports with Tom Bragg


Oh, hey, a recruiting surprise.

I think.

I’ve been deeper into recruiting lately than before — I think WVU is going to re-design its defense through this recruiting class, and tomorrow I explain how and why — and though I knew Mr. Richardson to be a target, I was under the impression it would not happen.

Wisconsin’s loss is WVU’s gain, though, after a persuasive visis.

“They said they’re looking at me for a lockdown corner,” he told EerSports after the trip. “They said they felt like they couldn’t press as much as they wanted to, so they want me to lock down one side of the field. They want me to come in and take that side away.”

“Overall, I had a great visit,” he said. “It was really good there.”

After talking it over with his parents on Tuesday, Richardson decided that being a Mountaineer was the right move for him. According to his coach, Sherard Poteete, the visit – along with the coaching staff – made the difference.

“He fell in love with it during his visit,” said Poteete. “The staff did a great job recruiting him and made him feel at home. You got to tip your hat to the coaches for doing a great job.”

WVU now has two and maybe three cornerbacks coming in who could be able to play right away. Richardson signed today, the first day junior college kids can do so, and he’ll be on hand for spring practice. Jaylon Myers of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College is committed (as I type this). WVU isn’t bringing in junior college players unless they can play right away. Dravon Henry of Aliquippa (Pa.) High might be good in a Daryl Worley kind of way, too.

That’s three cornerbacks brought in to play cornerback, as opposed to safeties moved to play cornerback, and that might be a sizable difference next season.