With his junior season complete, Westerville (Ohio) Central offensive lineman Nick Richardson used an open weekend to make an unofficial visit to Michigan State, and came away with his fourth scholarship offer of the process.
"I went up to the Michigan State game and saw camps, walked around a little bit," Richardson said. "Then, on the field for warm ups I met Coach [Mark] Dantonio and he offered me right there. It was real neat and the offer really surprised me. The whole game day experience really surprised me up there."
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Richardson came away from Saturday's visit to East Lansing with a higher interest level in the Spartans.
"I was surprised at how open campus was and it didn't feel too crowded, but once we got into the stadium it was crazy," Richardson said.
Richardson's only previous college game visit this fall was to Ohio State to see the Buckeyes take on Nebraska on Oct. 6.
"It was real fun there," Richardson said. "Obviously 107,000 people is going to be crazy and it was pretty loud there."
Richardson also attended Ohio State's summer camp in June and has maintained regular contact with their coaching staff.
"I talk to Coach [Ed] Warriner about once a week," Richardson said. "They say they are definitely interested, just said to wait around a little bit and hopefully something good happens."
Prior to the Michigan State offer, Richardson had picked up offers from Cincinnati, Illinois and Toledo. He also has been hearing consistently from the likes of Indiana, West Virginia, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Boston College and Nebraska.
Westerville Central finished their 2012 campaign with a 7-3 record, missing out on the playoffs by one spot. He paved the way from his left tackle position for an offense that rushed for 2,034 on the season.
"I definitely finished my blocks a lot more this year than in year's past," Richarson said. "That extra year in the weight definitely helped me a lot."