Tavin Richardson of Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina, is rated as a high three-star prospect by the major recruiting sites. With offers from several schools in the SEC, ACC and Big Ten among several others, Richardson is considered one of the better wide receiver prospects in the south region for the 2015 class. Nebraska is looking to add one or two receivers to their current class and plan to be quite selective. Coaches have identified Tavin Richardson as a priority. Richardson is the kind of big-bodied receiver Husker coaches want to add to the roster. I had the opportunity to interview Tavin in an attempt to gain some insight into his recruiting experience. The following is a transcript from that:
Q: What kind of things do you do for fun?
A: I like to play basketball, video games and listen to music.
Q: At what age did you start playing football?
A: I started playing tackle football at 6-years-old.
Q: What was your favorite college team growing up?
A: My favorite college team was Clemson.
Q: Have a favorite NFL Team?
A: My favorite NFL team is the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Q: Which is better, the NFL or college?
A: The NFL is better because you are getting paid.
Q: Are you glad the NCAA implemented a 4-team playoff?
A: Yes because I think it will make college football more interesting.
Q: Do you try and emulate any specific player?
A: I try to emulate Brandon Marshall or Kelvin Benjamin.
Q: Any particular reason for the jersey number?
A: Number 11 because my daddy wore it and so did my older brother!
Q: Who was your first scholarship offer?
A: My first scholarship offer was from Maryland.
Q: How many scholarship offers do you currently have?
A: I have 21 offers.
Q: Is there a school that hasn't offered you that you would like to see do so?
A: No sir!
Q: What are some of the considerations you have when deciding between schools?
A: Playing time, academics, coaching staff and campus lifestyle.
Q: Do you have a major in mind yet?
A: No sir.
Q: You recently released your Top 5 consisting of Kentucky, Central Florida, Louisville, Virginia Tech and Nebraska. Being from the south and Nebraska being the only team outside that region, are the Huskers a legit option?
A: It depends on how I like Nebraska on my official visit. But so far yes it's legit for them to be in my Top 5.
Q: Who is currently recruiting you the hardest?
A: Kentucky, Central Florida, Nebraska, Virginia, Louisville and Virginia Tech.
Q: Have you thought about who you might want to officially visit?
A: Yes, my five finalists only.
Q: Do you pay attention to the recruiting momentum of the teams you are considering?
A: Yes sir.
Q: Did you attend any schools Spring Game?
A: Only Georgia Tech and Ole Miss.
Q: Did you attend any camps or combines this summer?
A: I attended the Under Armour All-American combine, the Rivals Camp, the Nike SPARQ combine, Clemson's football camp and Florida's football camp.
Q: In addition to 'National Letter of Intent Day' in February, should there be an early signing period like college basketball? Perhaps in August?
A: I don't know yet.
Q: Because of your size, are any teams recruiting you as a Tight End?
A: No sir!
Q: What position would you prefer to play?
A: Wide Receiver!
Q: What do you view as some of your playing strengths?
A: I am physical, I have great hands, I run well after the catch and my route running!
Q: What are some things you would like to work on between now and college?
A: I would like to further improve my route running, footwork, speed and work on getting even more stronger.
Q: How would you feel about Redshirting?
A: I would just feel like I have time to get better over that season.
Q: What are your goals for your senior season?
A: I want to catch every pass that comes my way. I also want to break my daddy's record for the most catches in a season. I want to have a better year than last year!
Q: What will you miss the most about high school?
A: Friday Night Lights and high school basketball.
Q: Do you have any individual goals for your college career?
A: To be on 1st string or get in the rotation and have four great seasons.
Q: What is the most annoying aspect of the recruiting process?
A: When people ask where I am going lol.
Q: What is the craziest recruiting "pitch" you have heard so far?
A: The craziest pitch is that I should go to a school with all the good looking girls!
Q: Do you have a time frame as to when you would like to commit?
A: Probably during the season or possibly right after.
Q: What are 3 things on your 'Bucket List'?
A: 1. Be one of the greatest in college and the NFL. 2. Coach for an NFL team. 3. Be successful in life.
Q: Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
A: My parents!
Prior to contributing to HuskerMax, Jeremy Pernell co-founded the all football website N2FL.com. He served as the editor in chief of the college football portion of the website which focused heavily on recruitment and talent analysis, including the NFL Draft. You can email him at N2FL@hotmail.com.