CanesInSight - 2019 ATH Mark-Antony Richards updates his recruitment
  • 2019 ATH Mark-Antony Richards updates his recruitment

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    Wellington HS ATH Mark-Antony Richards was without a doubt one of the most unstoppable players in the state of Florida this season as a junior. The younger brother of Miami receiver Ahmmon Richards is out to make his own name and proved just that by compiling 2,136 all-purpose yards, 56 tackles, 2 INTs, FF, sack, and 8 TDs.

    I would say the biggest thing I improved on was my knowledge because I had never played safety before. My sophomore year was the first time I ever really played defense seriously, so I learned about coverages this season, Richards said. On the offensive side of the ball, catching was a big thing that I worked on throughout the offseason. The best thing is to have a running back who can catch the ball out of the backfield and Im a receiver who is sure-handed.

    As Richards said, he had previously excelled as a running back and wide out, but his success in the defensive backfield opened his eyes to what could be his highest ceiling.

    It was kinda shocking to get a few offers on defense because I wasnt sure if I would be playing that in college. When the offers start coming in, you realize how good you could be at it and its something Im going to continue working on and see how far I can go with it, he explained.

    Rivals has Richards slotted as the #22 player in the country, #4 in the state, and #3 ATH, ESPN has him as an unranked 3-star prospect and 247sports rates him the 95th overall player for his class. Its a mixed bag of rankings, but one thing is for certain its all added motivation for the breakout star.

    I feel underrated because you work so hard and put in the extra reps and long hours to get the recognition you deserve. I kinda play with a chip on my shoulder because of it, but Im thankful; because its helped me take it to the next level and push myself when I go up against some of the top guys in the country in camps and all that, Richards said.

    Its really something I cant control, though, so Im just going to keep focusing on what I have control over, he added.

    Richards says that some programs are recruiting him as a safety, some as a receiver, and others on both sides of the football. Two schools in particular have the longest-standing relationship with the versatile West Palm Beach product.

    I would say Auburn and Miami because those are schools that have recruited me for some time I can definitely say that, he said. Coach Dugans and Coach Brown have been on me for a long time.

    There has not been much speculation where the younger Richards is leaning largely in part to the fact that Ahmmons advice has been to be patient with his decision.

    The one thing he taught me is that you cant really rush the process. He committed to Miami his junior year and then decommitted due to coaching changes and all that, so thats one of the reasons I didnt commit this year, Richards explained. I wanted to kind of sit back this year and see what goes on, so Im glad Im did it. That was one of the things he (Ahmmon) preached to me a lot.

    Miami coach Mark Richt has been involved in Richards recruitment early on.

    He speaks family. Hes a good person just like the rest of the staff. With them, its about more than just football and they talk about how they can develop you as a person outside of football, so I really respect that about them, Richards said of Richt and Miamis staff.

    From what I saw being at the Notre Dame and Virginia Tech games, the attendance was great, he said. People on Twitter would tell me nobody goes to Miami games and say they could count the seats in the stands, but the fan base was electric and amazing this season.

    Richards added that he could make his decision most likely any time between summer and December, but that is subject-to-change. He wants to see Ohio State, Florida, and Notre Dame in the coming months as well.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: 2019 ATH Mark-Antony Richards updates his recruitment started by Peter Ariz View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. ShadowSpring's Avatar
      ShadowSpring -
      Want
    1. DusseDez's Avatar
      DusseDez -
      Take your time kid you know where you belong.
    1. STtheGreat's Avatar
      STtheGreat -
      if he plays in Under Armour game he will suddenly be top 100 for espn
    1. Carolinacane83's Avatar
      Carolinacane83 -
      Bring home little bro AR15
    1. umhurricane2511's Avatar
      umhurricane2511 -
      “People on Twitter were tellin me...”

      This is what’s wrong with our youth these days
    1. jjacks93's Avatar
      jjacks93 -
      umhurricane2511 said: View Post
      “People on Twitter were tellin me...”

      This is what’s wrong with our youth these days
      How is he to blame for that
    1. the23Watcher's Avatar
      the23Watcher -
      Marrero DID say this would be a Miami and Auburn battle. Erick is the plug 2.0 @ErickMarreroU
    1. Dan Sileo JR's Avatar
      Dan Sileo JR -
      the23Watcher said: View Post
      Marrero DID say this would be a Miami and Auburn battle. Erick is the plug 2.0 @ErickMarreroU
      We've found Bamarrero's alternate account.
    1. drewm3i's Avatar
      drewm3i -
      Can he play dt?
    1. TheMatador's Avatar
      TheMatador -
      drewm3i said: View Post
      Can he play dt?
      He looks like he could play anywhere. Seriously, see the way he chops down ball carriers with those hits? And so smooth at WR. Could play both ways.
    1. calinative umstudent's Avatar
      calinative umstu... -
      I'd take him at any position he wants to play.
    1. OldhamA's Avatar
      OldhamA -
      If he doesn't come do we withdraw Ahmmon's scholarship?

      I mean he's been his brother for 18 years. If he can't pull him in why is he on the roster?
    1. Sigma_Cane_7's Avatar
      Sigma_Cane_7 -
      OldhamA said: View Post
      If he doesn't come do we withdraw Ahmmon's scholarship?

      I mean he's been his brother for 18 years. If he can't pull him in why is he on the roster?
      We wouldnt be able to if we wanted. Ahmmon wont be here for his senior season unless the injury bug strikes again.


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    1. HurricaneAce07's Avatar
      HurricaneAce07 -
      I saw him play twice last fall. I can honestly say you could line this kid up at 3-4 different positions and he would flourish in all of them. Freakishly athletic, good instincts and just an all around good kid. He's a little shorter than Ahmmon, but he may end up being the better athlete. If he decided to come to Miami, he would be an immediate impact player on special teams as a true freshman (similar to Homer's role on punt/kick coverage). Still too early to pin him offense/defense.

      I did think it was a little odd that he posted the following on social media the day before Pete posted his interview:
      "So all colleges know, my recruitment is 100% open with no favorites and only 7 offers!"
    1. Peter Ariz's Avatar
      Peter Ariz -
      HurricaneAce07 said: View Post
      I saw him play twice last fall. I can honestly say you could line this kid up at 3-4 different positions and he would flourish in all of them. Freakishly athletic, good instincts and just an all around good kid. He's a little shorter than Ahmmon, but he may end up being the better athlete. If he decided to come to Miami, he would be an immediate impact player on special teams as a true freshman (similar to Homer's role on punt/kick coverage). Still too early to pin him offense/defense.

      I did think it was a little odd that he posted the following on social media the day before Pete posted his interview:
      "So all colleges know, my recruitment is 100% open with no favorites and only 7 offers!"
      It’s obvious he wants to be recruited and other schools think he’s Miami bound. Not an uncommon occurrence for a prospect of his caliber at this stage
    1. brock's Avatar
      brock -
      Lucas, Richards , Hunter seem like they will be the divas of the class
    1. ShadowSpring's Avatar
      ShadowSpring -
      HurricaneAce07 said: View Post
      I saw him play twice last fall. I can honestly say you could line this kid up at 3-4 different positions and he would flourish in all of them. Freakishly athletic, good instincts and just an all around good kid. He's a little shorter than Ahmmon, but he may end up being the better athlete. If he decided to come to Miami, he would be an immediate impact player on special teams as a true freshman (similar to Homer's role on punt/kick coverage). Still too early to pin him offense/defense.

      I did think it was a little odd that he posted the following on social media the day before Pete posted his interview:
      "So all colleges know, my recruitment is 100% open with no favorites and only 7 offers!"
      I've seen a lot of his comments and he does appear to be looking for attention/recognition. Typical 17 year old kid stuff.