We knew Milan Richard wasn't going to commit to Georgia and follow in the footsteps of Herschel Walker, his uncle. Instead, it turns out he will be taking his talents to Clemson to create his own path under head coach Dabo Swinney.
According to Kipp Adams of ESPN (paid link), Richard was planning on making his announcement on June 4, but he couldn't hold out on the secret any longer.
We talked as a family for two or three days and last night I realized that Clemson was where I wanted to go. So we thought why wait and put my spot in danger? I figured why wait if I knew I would not be okay not going to Clemson.
Did Milan Richard make the right decision?
Putting his spot in danger is something Richard is all too familiar with. According to Adams (paid link), the reason Georgia was no longer in the running was because the Bulldogs already added a tight end in Jeb Blazevich. Richard claimed that the school was looking to only add one tight end, which of course forced him to look elsewhere.
Clemson isn't complaining.
Richard is a 6'2", 232-pound player, who has the ability to play either side of the ball but will likely play on offense. With great size and sure hands, this is a nice addition to the Tigers, as he feels he can step in right away and help contribute.
Clemson's offense is virtually identical to ours, so I feel like I can come right in and learn the verbiage and get in and compete immediately. That is where I want to play football. Those are the coaches I want to play for, that is the stadium I want to play in and those are the guys I want to be around. Clemson is where I want to play. It feels like a big relief to know we are 100 percent committed to each other.
Richard was also considering South Carolina, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, but it was clear that familiarity and being comfortable with the coaching staff helped put Clemson over the top. This is now the fifth commit for the Tigers in the 2014 recruiting class and the second tight end with the addition of Cannon Smith. All five commits are offensive players.