New USC offensive line coach Greg Adkins can thank his most recent predecessors Eric Wolford and Will Friend for setting the table for him with OT Daughtry Richardson (6-5 260) of Miami. Wolford offered Richardson for the Gamecocks months ago. When he left for Kentucky, and Friend took the job for a short time, the connection was re-established. And when Adkins replaced Friend, he just picked right up on things.
“Coach Wolford offered me during the summer. Coach Wolf said he loved my film and everything,” Richardson said. “He left and that’s when Coach Friend came in. He left too. Coach Adkins came in and text me. He liked my film. He loved my film. He wanted to build a relationship with me. Then Coach (Shane) Beamer started texting me. One day Coach Beamer text me and said he loved my film. They want to build a relationship and everything.”
Some prospects might have blown off USC after the revolving situation with the offensive line coach. Not Richardson.
“I was always interested in South Carolina when I first got the offer,” he said. “It was one of those things like, I can’t let this school go. Give them a chance because they are rebuilding right now.”
Richardson said he and Adkins are getting to know one another and building a relationship. Adkins has done his homework and Richardson likes what he’s heard from him.
“He said I’m lengthy, have strength up front and I’m able to run in open space,” Richardson said. “Good body control. I finish the plays. I’m aggressive. He just said he likes everything about me, and I’m a nasty lineman overall.”
Richardson this week named his top ten as USC, Arizona State, Purdue, Kentucky, West Virginia, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Oregon, Missouri and USF. With the Gamecocks on the short list, he said there’s some serious interest there from his standpoint. He will be doing a virtual visit with the Gamecocks in the near future.
“They made it to the top ten, so there’s something there,” Richardson said. “They definitely fit in. I definitely like South Carolina. As of right now, I’m weighing my options, looking at my options. I’m just trying to make the right choices and not go too fast. I’m definitely looking for family and love. Since I can’t visit the campus, I’m definitely looking for family. I’m definitely looking for the love. I want to feel at home.”
Richardson, who is a three-star and the #47 offensive tackle nationally in the 247Sports Composite, wants to make his decision during his season. And he will sign and graduate early.
Some other recruiting notes:
- Clemson is in the top 8 with DE Jihaad Campbell of IMG Academy in Florida. The others are Georgia, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Penn State, Florida, Texas A&M and Ohio State.
- Georgia offered Clemson target SAF Xavier Nwankpa of Iowa.
- USC made the top 10 with CB Mumu Bin-Wahad of Loganville, GA. The others on his list are Arizona State, TCU, UCF , West Virginia, Mississippi State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Georgia Tech.
- USC target SAF Jaron Willis of Leesburg, GA plans to name his top five March 24th.
- ATH Dequandre Smith of Spring Valley was offered by Charlotte.
- Greer TE Jaleel Skinner was offered by UCF.
- Hammond RB CJ Stokes was offered by Middle Tennessee State.
- Sumter DE Davin Jackson was offered by East Carolina and Syracuse.
- 2023 QB Carson Black of Nation Ford was offered by Louisville.