On Saturday, Georgia had one of its biggest home games of the year vs. Tennessee, and the coaching staff made sure to have as many top targets in attendance as possible. All ESPN Watch List tight end Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Day) had to do was look to his left or right to know that Georgia was successful in that regard.
“My visit to Georgia was a lot of fun,” Richard said. “A lot of my friends were there and I ended up sitting with Rico Johnson (Swainboro, Ga./Swainsboro), Ryne Rankin (Orlando, Fla./East River), Tyler Harris (Blackshear, Ga./Pierce County), Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County), Nick Glass (Atlanta/St. Pius X) and Cole Garvin (Tyrone, Ga/Sandy Creek).”
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior was most impressed not by the game, but by the people he saw while in Athens.
“What stood out to me is the fan base,” Richard said. “From watching the Dawg Walk and the pregame warm-ups until the end of the game, the atmosphere was electric. There was not a dull moment that night.”
One thing that got the crowd at Sanford Stadium rocking on Saturday was seeing Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker "between the hedges" once again. His nephew has seen the reaction before, and says they show similar affection toward the prospects in attendance.
“I think there is great tradition at Georgia,” Richard said. “It is crazy how loyal the Georgia fan base is across the board. They love all of the recruits and they definitely love him [Herschel] for his time at Georgia and what he did during his career. I spoke to him on the phone that night, and we were just catching up and saying how it was good to see each other. We do not talk recruiting; it is just normal uncle/nephew type conversations.”
Another conversation that took place Saturday was between Richard and the Bulldogs’ head coach, with whom Richard actually was able to speak to twice that day.
“When I spoke to Coach [Mark] Richt in the Butts-Mehre Building, he just asked about how my family was doing, and then I spoke to him in the locker room and he just asked me about how I was playing this year,” Richard said. “Away from football, I think he is a great Christian man, and he is a great coach on the field. I think very highly of him.”
Ole Miss also recently offered a scholarship to Richard, giving him seven offers to date.
“Any time a team thinks that I am someone they want to play in their program that is a big deal for me,” Richard said of his newest scholarship. “I respect all of my offers. I am still trying to go around and feel everyone out and understand better how they feel about me, but I know Georgia and South Carolina will definitely be in it in the end.”
While it might be early in the recruiting process for Richard, he does know a few factors that could influence his decision.
“I am definitely looking to play early,” Richard said. “I want to play for a great coach that is a Christian man and I am looking for a great atmosphere. Last but not least I need to go to a good academic school.”