He may only be a sophomore, but at 6-foot-7 and 305 pounds, Drew Richmond looks like a grown man walking through the halls at Memphis (Tenn.) University School. And while his size definitely works in his favor, it's his play on the field that has already helped him earn two BCS offers.
North Carolina was the first school to offer Richmond earlier this month and just this week Ole Miss became the first SEC school to extend him an offer.
"I'm blessed to get an opportunity to play football in the toughest conference," Richmond said. "This offer will just make me work harder."
The Rebels recently burst onto the scene for Richmond after initially telling him they would wait until spring to finish evaluating him. It wasn't the first surprise offer for he's received this month.
"When North Carolina offered it was a real surprise," he said. "[UNC Tight Ends coach] Walt Bill came by and introduced himself and told me and my coach how much they liked me."
At the time, Richmond didn't know much about the program, but he quickly got up to speed.
"I know it's a great academic school," Richmond said. "And I'm very family with Coach Fedora and I know he's a good coach because my god brother played for him at Southern Miss. They're a program on the rise."
While he's still a long time away from committing, Richmond said the recent interest is very flattering, but he's looking forward to helping MUS get back to the state championship game.
"This year was a great learning experience," he said. "But I was learning as I went along and now I know what I need to work on to be even better next year."
Richmond plans to attend multiple camps this offseason, including to in-state schools Vanderbilt and Memphis. Before that, he's going to work on adding more muscle to his big frame.
"I have to get better in the weight room," he said. "I feel like I already have good feet, but I've got to get stronger and get more physical."