Westerville (Ohio) Central four-star offensive tackle Nick Richardson has stayed out of the public eye for much of the spring, but his father informed Rivals.com this week that the recruiting process continues to stay hot for the Rivals250 lineman.
"We're in the thick of it," Clete Richardson said. "A lot of coaches were able to come in during the open recruiting period and he added some more offers."
West Virginia and Ole Miss were the two most recent schools to extend offers to the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Richardson. With his total now close to a dozen offers, Richardson is ready to start identifying his top schools.
"We're trying to narrow it down and Nick's getting to that point ... I can see that in him," his father said. "We're going to do a couple more unofficial visits."
Those unofficial visits will resume this weekend with a trip to Vanderbilt. Richardson will then camp with Ohio State on June 9 and Tennessee on June 11. Visits to Ole Miss and Michigan State are also on the docket.
"Michigan State is way up there and we're going to see them this next month as well," Clete Richardson said. "[Ole Miss] didn't come up during the spring, so I sent them an email to see if they were still interested and they said they were, so they want him to come down on an unofficial visit. "
A visit to Kentucky could also be set at some point this summer, but Richardson was able to travel to Lexington recently.
"We visited them in the spring and he enjoyed that," Clete Richardson said. "We really like the coaching staff and really like the O-line coach. His mother went with him on that visit and they really enjoyed that campus and that staff as well.
"I do know Kentucky has him intrigued because one of the kids on his football team got a track scholarship there and I think [Westerville South tight end] Darryl Long is already committed there. Kentucky has had a nice little recruiting run in Central Ohio."
Richardson is rated as the No. 202 player nationally as well as the No. 19 offensive tackle and the No. 7 overall prospect in the state of Ohio for the 2014 class.
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