Georgia should be considered a major option for his commitment, but just because his uncle is a Georgia legend doesn't mean that Richard is obligated to play for the Bulldogs.
Some recruits want to pave their own ways and create their own legacies.
Look no further than Barry Sanders' son, Barry J. Sanders, who committed to Stanford in 2012 instead of choosing Oklahoma State, where his father became a legend. Note: Sanders Jr. also chose the Cardinal over Florida State and Alabama
Legacy commitments are not always a forgone conclusion, so don't count Richard as part of Georgia's 2014 class just yet.
In fact, according to Kipp Adams of ESPN.com (subscription required), Richard just took a visit to Florida, and it went well:
“The trip to Florida was cool,” Richard said. “It was a spur of the moment type thing and I got to watch film with tight ends coach Derek Lewis and discussed personnel with him. I was able to speak briefly with Coach (Will) Muschamp and watched 20 minutes of practice before leaving for Orlando. Me and my parents loved the trip.”
Adams also reports that Richard may soon cut his interest list. Georgia is amongst his unofficial top schools right now, but so are a few other very formidable programs:
He is not close to making his commitment, but Richard might trim things down soon.
“I am not close to a decision but I am close to cutting my list and I do have five programs unofficially standout out right now,” Richard said. “Tennessee, South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State are teams that stand out right now because they like to throw and spread the ball out.”
Richard is also going to visit South Carolina this weekend and then Georgia the weekend after that, per Adams.
What are the odds that Richard doesn't commit to Georgia?
I wouldn't say they're high, because it still is tough to deny the draw Georgia will have for Richard, but I wouldn't say they're nonexistent, either.
Odds Richard doesn't commit to Georgia: Low
As a talented tight end, you'd have to think that Richard would believe he can sign with Georgia and compete for playing time amongst that group, though, and in today's game, having multiple good tight ends is becoming huge. I'm not sure if the depth chart would necessarily be a big factor. There's always the possibility of taking a redshirt season and gaining that extra year of eligibility.
With that in mind, Tennessee, South Carolina, Clemson and Florida State are all rather set at tight end as well, so Georgia shouldn't be at a disadvantage in that regard.
Really, the only way I see Richard not committing to Georgia is if one of those programs can convince him that he can play a bigger role for them and win bigger games. Considering the fact that Georgia should be a championship contender for the next few seasons, only Florida and Florida State should really be a threat to make that pitch.
Finally, you have to consider Walker's impact on Richard's recruitment, and that's a plus only Georgia has.
Will Richard commit to Georgia?
It's undoubtedly a potential reality, but is it a realistic reality?
I'd say the odds of that happening are low.