Why be excited: Richard is a big-body, playmaking tight end who's taken his passion for Clemson seriously, building relationships with fellow Tiger signees and reaching out to uncommitted prospects. He picked Clemson over a Who's Who group of SEC and national contenders.
You may not know: Richard's mom, Veronica, is the older sister of Georgia legend Herschel Walker and was an All-America sprinter at Georgia in the 1980s. His dad, Bill, was also an All-America track athlete for the Bulldogs. In advising his nephew on the recruiting process, Walker urged Richard to “do what you want to do – what's best for you.” Richard told his uncle “for you, that was Georgia; for me, it's Clemson.”
How he fits into the depth chart: He'll join fellow freshman Cannon Smith in competing for a spot in a deep and talented tight end rotation that includes sophomore Jordan Leggett and Jay Jay McCullough, junior Stanton Seckinger and senior Sam Cooper.
High School: Calvary Baptist Day School, Savannah (Ga.)
Coach: Mark Stroud
Recruited By: Jeff Scott
Date committed: May 8, 2013 Other Offers: FSU, Georgia, Auburn, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA and others
Junior – 27 catches, 400 yards, 5 Tds;Senior – 29 catches, 502 yards, 5 Tds, 17.3 yards per catch, 9 tackles, 2 sacks