Four-star Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake linebacker Morrice Richardson has been doing the things that many other high school football players are undertaking at this time of the year with football practice and the beginning of another high school year.
However, when you're as highly recruited as the 6-foot-2, 228-pound No. 12 outside linebacker prospect in the nation, things are a little different than maybe some of your teammates. Richardson claims offers from Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Louisville, and many others, but notices things have slowed down.
"Well I changed my phone number because I was getting so many calls," Richardson said. "It's kind of calmed down I guess you could say. I'm just playing it by ear and I'm not rushing anything."
Richardson said he'll make a decision when he feels right about a particular school. Though he had a top three earlier in the summer, he's now opening it back up to five teams.
"It's Virginia Tech, Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame right now," Richardson said. "Those are the teams I'm mainly looking at right now and have really shown a lot of interest in me."
Richardson knows that three of those teams, Virginia Tech, Florida, and Notre Dame are the most likely recipients of official visits. The others are up for grabs.
"This decision will affect your life long after you graduate high school and college, so I want it to be right," he said. "Talking to some of my friends who have gone through this, they said to take my visits after the season, so I'm listening to their advice."
Richardson is the No. 15 overall prospect in the state of Georgia.