Meyer Hoping Memphis Beau Becomes a Buckeye: Interview with Drew Richmond
By Michael Chung
What player holds a scholarship offer from almost every SEC team? What player is being courted by the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, and Clemson? What player is Urban Meyer desperately trying to get for 2015? If you answered Memphis, TN OL Drew Richmond, you are correct.
We should never judge a player by their offers but one cannot help but be impressed by the long list of college powerhouses that have already offered Richmond. Virtually everyone in the SEC—Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miss St., Tennessee, and Vanderbilt—has offered him. Ohio State did not wait and jumped on the Richmond bandwagon and I do not mean Virginia. Since football is won in the trenches, Urban Meyer will be looking to sure up his OL by fortifying it with more studs for 2015.
Standing 6’6” and weighing 315 lbs., Richmond is rated 4-stars by everyone: Rivals, Scout, 24/7, and ESPN. Ohio State looks to be the only non-SEC team in it for Richmond. He took time to update the-Ozone readers on his recruitment.
The-Ozone: Which school offered you first?
The-Ozone: When did OSU offer?
Not sure exactly when, I had a few before they offered. They were like my 6th or 7th offer.
The-Ozone: What are the OSU coaches saying to you about your role if you commit?
They want me to commit badly but I am not ready. They felt I could be like Orlando Pace who happens to be my favorite offensive tackle of all time. I have not met him yet.
The-Ozone: OSU is recruiting at least five OL for 2014, does that impact you? What are the coaches saying in regards to OL needs in 2015?
I am not sure. I do not pay attention to other people’s decisions. They said 4 OL this year will be gone next year and they need to rebuild the OL.
The-Ozone: How important is distance from home and the means for friends and family to watch you play?
It means a lot to me but OSU is not too far, you can make it in 6.5 or seven hours. My coach is from there and he drove me. He is a big Ohio State fan. I was a fan before I met him so he did not influence me to like the Buckeyes.
The-Ozone: You have so many offers from top schools, especially the SEC, are there any schools you hope to receive an offer from?
I would like to receive an offer from Texas and Notre Dame for no particular reason other than they are good schools.
The-Ozone: Do you have an offer from the University of Michigan?
The-Ozone: Would you like an offer from Michigan?
I do not care if I receive an offer from them.
The-Ozone: What are some of the coaching staffs that you have formed the best relationships with?
Tennessee for sure, Vanderbilt, Ohio State is getting there, Ole Miss., and Alabama. These are not my tops but are just the schools I have the best relationships with.
The-Ozone: What have you talked to Urban Meyer about?
When we talk, he just tells there is a spot for me at Ohio State and they have a need at OL. He checks on me and my family to see how things are going.
The-Ozone: When do you hope to make a decision? No clue
The-Ozone: Do you have a top 5? No sir
Best Memphis BBQ? Family BBQ, my back yard is the best. Our specialty is ribs.
Most fun thing about Memphis? HS football and basketball
Favorite Sports team? Memphis Grizzlies
If you could not play football, what would you want to be? Play piano
What kind of music do you listen too? All music, I like Jay Z
Best movie you have seen? Forest Gump