Three-star Destrehan (La.) defensive lineman Darryl Richard took his first official visit of the fall this past weekend, making the trip north to Notre Dame.
“I liked it a lot,” he said. “I was impressed with the atmosphere at the game and the fans. Their fan support is really unbelievable. The biggest thing that stood out to me is that, even though they lost (45-14 to USC), they had great fan support after the game. They stayed and showed a lot of respect for their players and cheered for them because they played hard. They don’t have fair-weather fans like some programs do.
“I also liked the coaching staff extremely well. They seemed like real people. I felt real comfortable with them and the players. Justin Tuck was my host, and we had a good time hanging out and having fun with the other players. We played dominos, PlayStation, all that kind of stuff. It was just a real good time.”
Richard (6-4, 285, 4.9), who is rated the nation’s No. 29 defensive tackle by Rivals.com, says the Irish currently hold a spot in his top six along with Stanford, Miami, Colorado, UCLA and LSU.
“I don’t have a leader right now, but I guess there’s a slight advantage for Notre Dame since I just came from there and had such a good time,” he said. “I still need to take some other visits, though.”
He’s scheduled a visit to UCLA on Nov. 14 for the weekend of the Oregon game. He’ll also be at Stanford on Jan. 9. The other two visits have yet to be determined.
Richard, who had 65 tackles and seven sacks as a junior, has helped lead Destrehan to a 5-2 record this season. He’s recorded 17 tackles for loss and six sacks as a senior.
Academically, he’s equally impressive. He maintains a 4.6 weighted GPA and has scored a 29 on the ACT.