Wheaton, Ill. four star ranked offensive tackle prospect Dace Richardson (6-foot-6, 300 pounds) from Wheaton South High School spent last weekend on his first official visit to the University of Tennessee.
“Overall on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest, I would rate my official visit to Tennessee as a 10," Dace Richardson said. “It was my first official visit, but it was also quite an experience at Tennessee."
"I flew out early on Saturday morning, then we went on a tour of the facilities at Tennessee as well as getting to check out the pregame activities. Neyland Stadium is just huge, and we also were able to check out all of the boats that were docked next to the stadium as well. We went inside for the game on Saturday against Alabama (17-13 Tennessee win). I was just really impressed at the fans and how loud that stadium was on Saturday."
"After the game we went back to the hotel, then we went out to dinner with the Tennessee coaches. We then went out that night with my host, who was OL Anthony Parker. I got along with him as well as the rest of the players really well, and we had a lot of fun just hanging out with the players on Saturday night. Sunday I had breakfast, lunch and dinner with the Tennessee coaches, and on Sunday we also were able to check out the academic center. We also ran into Candice Parker and watched the Lady Vols practicing. Candice is doing well with her rehab and it was cool to get a chance to talk with her. Both Tony (Moeaki) and I know Candice from when she played at Naperville Central. We flew back really early on Monday morning so that we'd be back in time for school and football practice."
Richardson also knows that this weekend will be huge for him and his Tigers teammates.
"The playoffs start on Saturday against Glenbard North at home, and I just can't wait to start the playoffs. We called our teammate Grant Nemeth on Saturday night to fins out who we were playing this week. It should be another great game with North this week."
Richardson will now focus on the playoffs and isn't expected to make any additional official visits until after his season is completed.
"I have an official visit set for Iowa on December 10th. I'm also going to get with the coaches from USC very soon and set an official visit date with the Trojans as well. As far as taking any additional visits, I'm just going to see how things go over the next several weeks. I'm not sure if I'll take any other visits at this time."