Rivals250 linebacker Morrice Richardson out of Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake took his first official visit of the season to Blacksburg last weekend for their big matchup against Miami. What did the 6-foot-2, 228-pounder with 4.54-second speed do and think about his trip?
"It was a great visit as they have a great crowd, a very talented team that didn't quit, a beautiful city and nice coaches," he said. "I got up there on Saturday morning and ate breakfast with the team and did the Hokie walk which was really intense. There were people that had posters with my picture on it and that was pretty neat. After the game, I went into the locker room and then hung out with the players going downtown and to their houses. I hung out with my hosts too which included Jimmy Williams and Cameron Martin. They were great people that really made you feel like you're apart of the team."
"Sunday I did the academic stuff and toured the campus. I got to talk with coach Ward, Foster and Beamer. They basically told me where they see my playing as I could play end or linebacker for them, it just depends how I come into their system."
What did Richardson think of the Hokies disappointing 27-7 loss to Miami?
"It was a great game and just Miami's day," he said. "Virginia Tech started to pick it up in the fourth quarter which showed me they didn't give up. That really showed the character of the team and they all have the approach that they are still looking to get into a BCS bowl game. The crowd there was hyped the whole game. I went to the concessions and there were virtually no lines."
The four-star prospect rated his trip to Blacksburg a nine out of ten.
"Even though they lost, I still had a great time and they are a great team," he said. "The loss doesn't make it a bad trip at all and I had fun. I'd say right now Virginia Tech is tied with Georgia Tech and Notre Dame."
Speaking of the Irish, next week Richardson plans to take an official to South Bend.
"I'm not really going in expecting anything so that I won't be disappointed," he said. "I'd rather be overwhelmed and I'm just looking to have a good time."
In a few weeks, the No. 14 outside linebacker in the country plans to take an official to Gainesville for the Florida State-Florida game.
Richardson doesn't plan to make a decision anytime soon as he wants to take all five official visits.
"I want to take all five of my visits because you only get the opportunity once to go on these trips and do all this," he said. "I've got to capitalize on it while I've got the chance."