There has been so much talk about Drew Richmond staying in the SEC, possibly at Alabama or Tennessee, but the four-star offensive tackle took an unofficial visit to UCLA over the weekend and said no team can be counted out just yet.
The Memphis (Tenn.) University School standout who shined at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour in Baltimore said he's always liked the Bruins and that people can say what they want, he has no idea where he's going to college yet.
"I've always said I love UCLA," Richmond said. "People don't talk about it. I love UCLA. They've shown me enough. I just need to see if it's the place for me.
"A lot of people think Tennessee is the team as well. Like I said, I don't know where I'm going. If somebody knows where I'm going maybe they could tell the future."
The 6-foot-6, 313-pound prospect seems to like a lot about Los Angeles. Although he was not blown away by In-N-Out burgers, Richmond seemed to love the weather and the atmosphere around the UCLA campus.
He also seems to be developing a strong bond with UCLA assistant coach Adrian Klemm, who talked to Richmond about playing away from home. The message seemed to sink in.
"It's really nice out here, the weather," Richmond said. "It's way different (than Tennessee). Some people were complaining it was hot. I was like, 'What? You don't know what hot is.'
"Coach Klemm taught me (that location is not a major factor). He was out here his whole life and then went and played in New England. You never know where your life is going to take you."
Another good sign for the Bruins, Richmond said he plans to take an official to UCLA when it hosts Oregon in October. As for other trips - maybe ones to Alabama, Tennessee and other locales - the four-star said he's unsure of any other dates during the fall.