Three-star CB Antwaine Richardson was among of Michigan's spate of June commits after performing for the coaches at the Miami satellite camp. That he earned an offer is all the more impressive given the news that broke today—according to ESPN's Wells Dusenbury, Richardson tore his ACL in May, an injury that will unfortunately end his senior season before it begins. Richardson somehow managed to partake in that camp in June before undergoing surgery in July. The injury shouldn't affect his status as a Michigan commit:
Richardson's knee injury, however, has not affected his commitment to Michigan. In fact, the coaching staff was aware of the injury before Richardson's decision. The three-star recruit verbally committed to the Wolverines on June 12, weeks after being hurt.
"I told [the Michigan coaching staff] I tore my ACL before I committed, so they knew what I was coming into," said Richardson. "They said, 'We'd still love to have you up here. Just rehab real good so you can get back to normal and start cutting the same.'"
"To me it felt good. That meant they really wanted me. Some schools would back off after they found out you tore your ACL, but they still wanted me."
Richardson is aiming to enroll early. Given ACL recovery timelines these days, he'd be on track to participate in spring practice.
Injury news is never good news but in this case at least we have confirmation Richardson is one tough SOB. The mere thought of playing corner with a torn ACL caused me to walk with a slight limp this morning.
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