Though it seemed for a long time like Michigan would not acheeve dream of landing the top in-state trio of LBs Royce Jenkins-Stone and James Ross and CB Terry Richardson, fear not: Richardson sealed the deal today, completing the triumvirate.
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There is a machine hidden somewhere deep in Detroit that pumps out 5-9, 160-pound cornerbacks, and sends them to Cass Technical High School. Terry Richardson is the latest model, following Boubacar Cissoko, Dior Mathis, and Delonte Hollowell.
Richardson was a 2-seed in Sam Webb's March Madness recruiting column for the Detroit News. Allen Trieu on Terry's game:
The question with him is the size. He stands 5-9, 162 pounds, but he is an excellent football player with great instincts and excellent ball skills. His extensive offer list is proof that many of the top programs in the country have seen enough to say, 'We can overlook the lack of size.'
For the record, Michigan has commitments from 1-seeds James Ross and Royce Jenkins-Stone, 2-seed Devin Funchess, and 3-seeds Matt Godin and Mario Ojemudia, and is in good position with a couple other prospects. Michigan State has commitments from... none of the top 16. The report on Richardson is almost the exact same as the three DBs before him: excellent skills, except he's really short (he was a combine-verified 5-8 in 2009, but that's 3 years before he enters college, too). Trieu says he has the best ball skills of the Cass Tech lineage. Sam also profiled him in the fall:
"He's a natural at corner," said Scout.com Midwest regional manager Allen Trieu. "He has tremendous instincts to go along with the quickness and hips to turn and run with receivers. He also has great ball skills. His main weakness is size. I'd like to see him add weight this offseason but his tackling this season has been solid despite that."
Terry's been putting on weight, as he claims he was only 130 pounds(!) as a sophomore:
"I believe last year I was around 130, and right now I am at 165," Richardson reported. "I feel way stronger. My press coverage is looking a lot better. That is something that I just cannot wait to work on this summer during camp season — being more physical in press coverage."
Moving along, Terry talks about himself on his Scout profile:
“I’m a big play guy. When we need a big play, I’ll come through and make it happen. I’m also smart and I can read routes and know what the offense is doing. I’m also always very composed and don’t get rattled. I want to be more explosive and get in and out of my breaks faster. I’m working on being more physically fit and getting stronger.”
Playing intelligently and building strength are HUGE needs for short DBs. Terry is a certified short guy. The only question about Terry is whether he can do those other things well enough to counter sub-optimal height.
It's relevant because all Cass Tech DBs are the same, so check out Brian's Delonte Hollowell profile for the general vibe on Terry, as well. Aside from the differences noted above, Terry is also a liiiittle bit taller than Delonte, and listed quite a bit faster.
Allen gave a little love to his offer list above, and here is a small sampling of schools who aren't too worried about Terry's height to offer: Alabama, Iowa, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, and USC. All of those schools have put guys into the league at the position in the past couple years.
Other offers include Arizona State, Cincinnati, Indiana, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Toledo, and UCLA. This is not some under-the-radar prospect. He had interest from Florida, Miami, Oregon, and Tennessee, and if those schools had extended offers, this would be as exciting a prospect as there is in this class.
Terry Richardson finished his junior season with 35 tackles and 12 interceptions on defense. Offensively, he caught 12 receptions for around 400 yards and five touchdowns.
Richardson had four interceptions, 16 breakups and 20 tackles as a sophomore.
Not bad. Cass Tech ran a spread offense of sorts (though Royce Jenkins-Stone got his share of carries at fullback), and Terry got a few receptions on that side of the ball. Defensively, the Technicians don't play a lot of teams that throw the ball much, and I wouldn't be surprised if those stats are a little... exaggerated.
FAKE 40 TIME
Scout says 4.5, but none of the other sites have listed 40 times. Considering his Scout profile also lists a combine-verified 4.64 (actually not bad with laser timing), I'll have to give two FAKEs out of five.
You can also catch a couple glimpses of #9 in last year's Cass Tech FNL feature, where he impressed me a bit more than 2011 Michigan commit Delonte Hollowell.
PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE
Terry seems like a great corner, but on the other hand, Michigan has plenty of talent in the pipeline. Courtney Avery will be but a junior in 2012, and Blake Countess's class (also including Greg Brown, Tamani Carter, and Raymon Taylor) will just be sophomores or redshirt freshmen. Considering Terry is just a skinny little guy, a redshirt year is probably in order.
Following such a redshirt year, special teams time as a redshirt freshman is the expectation, before the graduation of Courtney Avery and Terrence Talbott opens up a starting spot, for which he'll compete alongside whichever younger guy doesn't take the Woolfolk/Floyd starting spot in 2012.
I would guess Terry has a good chance at that spot, assuming natural development, or he at least gets a chance in nickel packages (though it seems Mattison's current plan is to play a bigger safety type in the nickel). By the time he's an upperclassman, Terry should be getting plenty of time in the rotation, and be a possible all-conference type in his final two years.
Though his size may limit him in the NFL Draft down the road (assuming he's not done growing - don't forget he won't even be in college for another 18 months), he still has enough other skills to be selected after the first round.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
I am shaking in my shoes trying to figure out what other defensive back is going to commit within the next couple days, because I sure don't have the "comes in pairs" post ready to go for another guy (although Shane Morris and Matt Godin started to break up the position-by-position lockstep).
You know the story by now - DT, RB, OL, and WR are the remaining needs. A QB would be very nice, but is no longer imperative, and the remaining slots can go to the best prospects, regardless of position
Huge get! Kid is already top-flight and only has upside.
In Brady We Trust
I think mattison got this kid
Welcome to Michigan! Awesome to see Terry go Blue. Can't wait to see how this class ends up given the way that we've started.
The Hokester does it again!
My brothers officiated one of his games and came away extremely impressed with Richardson. The opposing team refused to throw to Hallowell's side, so Richardson feasted, having two interceptions. The kid's got swagger as well. He almost had his third Int. on the opposing team's sideline. Richardson looked at the coaching staff and boasted, "Oh, man. I almost had me a pick 6!"
I also had the pleasure of officiating a Harrison game this year. I vividly remember talking with my crew during halftime, and many of the guys were asking who this Funcess was. He had two very impressive touchdowns.
Hoke is really starting to impress me.
this kid will lead the B1G in interceptions one year. you can see from his film that from his sophomore year to his junior year, he went from being able to be close enough to breakup/prevent a WR from making the catch to just plain getting there before the WR.
Welcome to the Big House!
I need some more MSU shadenfreude, I can't get enough.
a nsfw or sfw before i can click play. this has me thinking there is something slightly asian school girlish lurking here.
Noted for future reference.
I need some metrics illustrating Hoke's sub-par recruiting abilities while stationed at national power-houses Ball State and San Diego State
Hoke really is a monster recruiter. He and his staff are single-handedly relegating MSU to CMU status by taking up literally EVERY SINGLE good recruit in the state.
This is the most optimistic I have been about the future of Michigan football since 2006.
I resent that!
Plus, MSU lost to CMU last time they played (2009).
And that's by no means the only time that happened. In fact, I saw it happen in person once, I was probably in middle school when it happened, so 1995-1997.
You are the real deal. You will look awesome in the winged helmet, covering, picking, and laying the smack down on our B10 rivals. Go Blue!
Welcome T-Rich. Glad to see you Go Blue!!
great pickup Congrats to you T Rich, we know you will make everyone proud. Great job recruiting the state of Michigan and Ohio by Coach Hoke and co the country is definitely taking notice. What recruiting war? we're dominating that junior college in east Lansing and with the Shane Morris commit it looks like its going to be a long 2013 for them, full of Smiles and Cries!!!
Last year, according to Rivals, the #10 class was ND, and they had a class of 23 with 2 5 stars and 8 4 stars - just as a point of reference. Since it's unlikely we have a class bigger than that, we'll likely need 10 4+ star players to have a top 10 class. Right now we have 5, according to Rivals.
If we add 2 4 star OL, a 4 star WR, a 4 star CB/S, and another 4 star DL, we're almost there. Adding a 5 star like Kiel or Dunn would go a very long way though.
We might not make a top 10 class according to rivals, but in the 247 and scout standings, we are well on our way with 7 4*s in scout and 7 players ranked in the 90's according to 247.
the other day who said that he KNEW Terry Richardson wasn't coming to Michigan?
There was also a guy who goes to Detroit CC who said Godin was probably headed to MSU.
IIRC, there was also a guy here who claimed Richardson was going to Buffalo..
What a maroon.
"What an ultra-maroon. What a gulli-bull. What a nin-cow-poop."
Well I have a friend who knows a guy who is friends with a big time recruit we're after. I won't release the name, but he saw this recruit wearing a Detroit Lions hat at school the other day, meaning he's skipping college football and going right to the NFL.
NFL? I thought you said "Lions"...
How was the OFWG show? I didn't make it...
Still have all your apendages? Was the sweatshirt there?
It was awesome and a lot of fun to begin with, then people started throwing bottles, and Syd left the stage. Hodgy got into a fight with a fan (skip to 1:50 to see it), and the show was over. They said there were still 4 or 5 songs left on the setlist, but with the bottles being tossed they just called it a night.
Sweatshirt was not there, but he did speak out that day through the New Yorker I believe. It's behind a paywall, but this article sums it up nicely.
I did escape with my life, but I did sustain a knee to the nose due to crowd surfers and bled a little bit, but what's an Odd Future concert without a little blood right?
Great news on this commitment. Lock those receivers down so your boys pick up sacks, then let them pressure the QB as you nab picks. It's a Team thing
No doubt those two affect each other big time. If we can build a front 7 who can stop the run, and DBs who can lock down receivers, we'll be an amazing defense. It sounds like the DEs we're bringing in should give a good pass rush too - this could be an incredible defense in a couple years.
Now go Borges - you'll have the ball a lot, makes big things happen.
the year for stopping the run, though probably not the pass. Looks like GMAT will put 19 guys on the LOS to stop the run, even if it means leaving the CB's alone. Avery and (pls,pls,pls) Woolfolk should make plays against weaker teams. Have to expect mistakes from Carvin, and grit from Kovacs.
Downgrade run D if: Cam Gordon doesn't learn SLB quickly enough, we're on E at WLB, and BWC can't get more consistent.
Upgrade pass D if: Woolfolk can turn on that ankle, Kovacs improves to something better than grit (or is replaced by MROB), and Roh can finally get his pass rush home.
No prospect is a sure thing, but methinks at least the 2014 season will see Richardson and Countess locking fools down. Another nice pickup for Hoke and Mattison.
"...Michigan has plenty of talent in the pipeline"
I had to stop and read that a few times. Then I read it again. There was a time, no, an era, when we would not only have thought nothing of those words, but would have littered our measley blog posts with outrage and doom if it were ever not the case. But this has not been true for quite some time now. To read this suggests the possibility that order is being restored.
Thank you, Brady Brunch.
T-Rich! Never imagined this kind of start for a first year head coach.. They are doing an awesome job of keeping the local kids in maize and blue.. I wouldnt mind seeing jarrod wilson pull the trigger in the days to come.. gotta love rubbing sparty's face in the dirt thus far in recruiting GO BLUE
I'm at quarter chub right now guys
Best told around your parents and their friends:
Q: What is the difference between a Camaro and an erection?
A: I don't have a Camaro right now!
this was on a state board:
From what I've read scum is using fire sale tactics to get kids to sign. They've been saying "sign today or your offer will be gone if anyone else signs up". Kids fall for that crap.
** Coach isn't telling them that, they can figure that out themselves.
They're also all over the "Cass Tech is overrated" theme as well. Wait until these kids get a couple years under Coach Mattison.
They are also mocking our new offense, based solely on the spring game, which of course was not stellar, but it's only spring.
I've given up expecting any logical discussions to emanate from the RCMB regarding the most recent recruiting cycle - they find it impossible to understand why people wouldn't want to go to the B10 Champion Spartans even though (a) most everyone feels that was kind of a fluke season and not a sign of an emerging power, (b) their last game was a bloodbath arguably worse than the UM-MSU throttling b/c at least UM can point out that the head guy there was fired and they are starting over, and (c) MSU's pipeline from Southeastern has dried up a bit especially with the change at the HC.
I do think that UM is riding a wave of momentum that isn't sustainable year-to-year when it comes to recruits, but even under RR they tended to get good kids (at least guru-approved good kids) and brought in classes that outpaced everyone but OSU, PSU, and sometimes Wiscy. So yeah, this is a return to the way things used to be, and the little run MSU had the past couple of years was more a smokescreen timed with unexpected upheaval at UM than some seismic shift in recruits' preferences.
UPDATE: So much for Notre Dame, apparently, with buzz making the rounds that Gunner Kiel is down to a final four of Alabama, Michigan, Missouri and Oklahoma, with the Sooners said to be in the lead but Kiel likely to make another visit to Ann Arbor before he decides (suggesting that the Wolverines are running second at the moment). Kiel also said he would announce next month, giving a great boost to any school's recruiting efforts.
Straight from ESPN's Rumor page.
We have pretty much known all of this for a few days or so now, just FYI.
Dear Coach Hoke:
I am just writing to let you know that while it's swell and whatnot that you're landing all of these recruits so quickly, you're making it very difficult for me to get shit done. I should be paying more attention to work, but it seems like every day you go out and land another recruit. Have you no concern for alumni productivity?
Further, where is your sense of charity? You bulled your way from California to Michigan like you own the place. Then, having only been here for about two minutes, you start slapping the food off of Mark Dantonio's fork. Don't you know that he won a portion of the Big Ten title last year? He's supposed to have a bumper crop this year, but instead you tossed him into a dustbowl. Unlike you, Dantonio is a charitable guy - hell, he even lets his kids go right from jail to jersey. Sometimes, he even lets them skip practice as "punishment"! And what do you do? You snatch any recruit he even thought about. Don't you think you should toss him a crumb every now and then?
Anyway, I know you've got a job to do and whatnot, but I haven't begun my work for next week and you're already knocking shit out for 2013? C'mon. You're making us all look bad.
Very truly yours,
The way they're trying to rationalize this is like the the first cold beer after a long day at the office. Yeah, keep telling yourself that you recruit nationally now, because it's hilarious.
If you think about it, the fact MD offered the other (9) players means he thought he could get them, UM on the other hand didn't think they could get RB (Ryan Bullough). I guess it's all perspective and not SPIN.
nothing against this RB kid, but...