Athlete prospect Chris Richards (6-0, 155, 4.44) from North Hills (Calif.) Monroe. Has made a decision according to Monroe offensive coordinator Derwin Henderson.
“Chris’s commitment to Michigan is solid,” Henderson said. “It's my understanding that even if other schools come in on him hard, he’s going to wait and do his greyshirt then attend Michigan.”
Richards is an ideal greyshirt because he is very young. He is only 16 and won’t turn 17 until November 1st. Another key ingredient is the family supports the idea of greyshirting.
According to Henderson Richards was Michigan’s Camp MVP and Henderson let Rivals.com know that he also stood out at the USC camp on Monday.
The word is Richards picked off four passes and batted down nine. According to Henderson, USC coach Pete Carroll was very impressed by his performance and wanted to talk to him before he left the camp.
Richards also had an outstanding NIKE Camp held in San Diego where he finished tenth in the SPARQ ratings for that camp. Richards currently has two offers and one pending.
The athletic Richards recorded a 36-inch vertical jump and ran a 4.44 40-yard dash. He will also be part of the NIKE 40 challenge being held at USC in the near future.
In a previous interview with Rivals.com Henderson had this to say about Richards. “Chris could be the best all-around athlete in our league. He can do so much.”
“On offense, we are going to try to get the ball in his hands in a variety of ways,” Henderson said. “On defense he will rarely be challenged.”
Though Richards brings a lot to the table on both sides of the ball he projects a pure cover corner.
When Rivals.com first spoke to Richards he said it was always a dream of his to play in the Pac-10 but as we noted at the time – if Michigan does indeed offer, dreams can change.
It appears that his dreams have change and now his future will see him play in the blue and maze.
The trump card in all this could be super recruiter Ron English. English is very close to the Richards family.
Richards has outstanding bloodlines. Not only is his Dad (Chris Richards, Sr.), his high school coach, but his Dad played his college ball at Cal. His older brother Rashaad Richards signed with Boise State this past February.
Richards is a full qualifier with a 3.3 GPA and 1010 SAT.