Detroit Cass Tech junior cornerback Terry Richardson picked up his first scholarship offers this past summer, and he has seen his list continue to grow with coaches stopping by the school this month. The 5-9, 165-pound prospect now boasts a total of four offers after the most recent one came through Monday.
"Today, me and Royce [Jenkins-Stone] received an offer from Pitt," Richardson reported. "Coach [Tony] Dews and Coach [Tony] Gibson came by the school and offered both of us. Me and Coach Dews have a pretty nice relationship with each other. He's a nice guy and so is Coach Gibs."
Richardson and Jenkins-Stone, a 6-2, 215-pound linebacker prospect, are among the top prospects in the state of Michigan for the 2012 class. For Richardson, the Pitt offer now joins previous tenders from Alabama, LSU and Iowa. Additional offers could be on the way because coaches are streaming through the school on a daily basis.
"Illinois' coach has been up there, Coach [Keith] Gilmore, and the head coach, Ron Zook, was up there today," Richardson reported. "Notre Dame's recruiting coordinator, Chuck Martin, he came up, Michigan State Coach [Harlon] Barnett came up there, Michigan came up there, Iowa Coach [Erik] Campbell was up there today and an Indiana coach was up there today, so there's been a lot of schools at Cass."
Richardson has former teammates who are either at or will be attending Illinois, Michigan, LSU and Oregon, but he is nowhere near deciding where he will take his talents after high school.
"Things are looking real good right now and we are truly blessed," Richardson said. "I'm open to all schools right now and I'm willing to go to as many places to see how they are and get the feel of college football. I want to see how all schools do things and run things so I will be able to determine what's best for me."
The process of evaluating schools has already started for Richardson, and will continue into the spring and summer. He expects to make trips to Midwest programs over the course of the next two months.
"I don't have any scheduled now, but I will go to a Notre Dame Junior Day around Feb. 20," he said. "I will go to an Ohio State Junior Day, a Michigan Junior Day and a Michigan State Junior Day. All the ones around here I can reach, I will make sure to go to."
Richardson was unable to attend any of the big, national combines earlier this month, but he has already received an invite to play in the UnderArmour All-American Game next year.
"I couldn't make a trip to San Antonio or Florida because two of my sisters just had babies and my parents didn't want me to miss that," Richardson said.
As a junior, Richardson earned second team all-Detroit honors after posting eight interceptions. Cass Tech finished with a 12-1 record, their only loss coming by three points in the state semifinals to the eventual Division 1 state champions.