Although Rivals250 class of 2014 offensive lineman Nick Richardson lives in the suburbs of Columbus, he had never been to an Ohio State-Michigan game until Saturday. Following the game, the Westerville (Ohio) South prospect talked about his first experience of the big rivalry.
"It was real fun and pretty crazy, as you can imagine," Richardson said. "I just like to see how the players react when the crowd gets real crazy. I just like watching college football games in general [and] nothing really compares to this, so it was pretty exciting."
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Richardson had never been to an Ohio State game, in fact, until earlier this fall, but found the Buckeye's annual rivalry contest with Michigan took on a greater degree of intensity.
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"The first one I went to was the Nebraska [game] earlier this year," Richardson said. "Every little competition that could be won by Ohio State, the fans cheered for."
Richardson is very familiar to Ohio State coaches. He had a strong camp performance for them this summer and has been in contact with the coaching staff this fall. He was able to say hello to offensive line coach Ed Warinner despite the throng of visitors attending Saturday's game.
"I talked to Warriner for a little while inside," Richardson said. "He said he would stay in touch soon."
While in Columbus Richardson also caught up with fellow Rivals250 class of 2014 offensive linemen Kyle Trout and Jamarco Jones, whom he had met earlier on the recruiting trail.
Although the college football regular season ends this weekend for most FBS schools, Richardson will take advantage of one team's late season game to make a final college game visit this fall.
"Next week I am going to the West Virginia game," Richardson said. "I'm not really sure about the winter yet. I didn't really expect all this, but it has definitely been fun."