February 1, 2009

Richardson talks Tennessee visit

Regardless of what happens on Wednesday, simply getting gifted wideout Nu'Keese Richardson on the University of Tennessee campus this weekend was a coup for the Volunteers' coaches, particularly Eddie Gran.

Richardson, a four-star wide receiver who's considered the No. 9 target at his position nationally, as well as the country's No. 68 player, said he enjoyed his time at UT.

"The visit went great, actually. I'm not real familiar with Tennessee, but I was overwhelmed and excited about everything they were showing me," said the lithe, 5-foot-9, 151-pound speedster.

Richardson, who flew back to his home in Pahokee, Fla., this afternoon, said he still considers himself a Florida Gator.

"I'm pretty much still a Florida commit and stuff like that," he said. "I'm just going to go back and talk with my family."

Hosted by Chris Walker and Art Evans, Richardson said UT coaches outlined a plan for how they would use him at Tennessee.

"Considering that coach Kiffin came from USC, he pretty much wants to use me in the slot position and move me around and basically get the ball in his playmakers' hands," he said.

Likewise, Richardson said he liked the allure of early playing time as a viable option.

"That's something I'll look into too, coming in as a true freshman and then playing right away," he said.

Richardson lists academics and early playing time as his top two priorities.

"Basically they've been preaching about academics the whole time we've been up here," Richardson said. "So academics first and playing time."

Like other visitors this weekend, Richardson said the atmosphere at the Tennessee-Florida basketball game made a lasting impression.

"The fans were crazy. That's another thing that caught my eye. I love the fans, they were loyal. They just love their student-athletes and things like that," said Richardson, who will sign at his school Wednesday around 1 p.m. "Everybody was like family here, that's also what I loved. The players are like family, they stick together and go everywhere together. I mean, the people that came in, we hooked up and stuff and everybody was pretty much cool with each other."

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