Burlington (Cummings, N.C.) senior offensive tackle Will Richardson has verbally committed to the University of Virginia, but an experience at a camp at a Big 10 power served as the spark he needed to ultimately become a major college football prospect.
Will Richardson (Photo courtesy of Scout.com
“I was at a Ohio State camp after the end of my sophomore year. Some of the coaches personally told me I needed to lose weight, to be in the 310 or 320-pound area,” recalled Richardson, who weighed in at 350 pounds around that time. “For a college coach to tell me I can be a star athlete if I lose weight, I can’t even tell you how much that helped me.”
From that point on, the 6’6″ Richardson has kept a strict diet, has been consistent with cardio work (which sometimes included five or six basketball games before heading to the weight room), and has spent a lot of time in the weight room. Today, the promising prospect weighs in at 285 pounds, and any weight he adds from here on out will be the good kind.
“All I’ve got to say is that I put in the work,” an excited Richardson said. “It was hard, but right now I’m 285. I’ll probably be up to 300 or 310 pounds by the end of this semester, right before I get to college. I’m in really good shape. Even during basketball season and track last year, I put in the extra work to make this happen.”
All Richardson needed was that initial motivation to get him started down the right path.
“I’m always the type of person to listen to other people,” he said. “I thank my mom for that because of how I was raised. Once I set my mind on it, I did it. It was one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life, but I accomplished it.”
Richardson recalls walking into the first day of his team’s preseason practice earlier this month. For those coaches who hadn’t seen him in a while, they were in for a surprise.
“When I walked in the first day of practice, one of the coaches said if I keep losing weight I won’t be able...
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