Arguably one of the Mountain State’s best 2019 recruits, Amir Richardson of University High School will be dropping by Morgantown for junior day and said, “It would mean a lot to be able to represent the state that I grew up in, but at this point my recruitment is still open to all schools.” Richardson currently holds offers from Cincinnati, Marshall and West Virginia with many others interested and on the verge of offering.
Richardson has developed a relationship with current Mountaineer commit Dante Stills, “We are cool with each other, we have talked a few times and have been playing against each other for a while.” Stills is rated as the number one prospect in the state for 2018 and Richardson could make a case to be in Stills’ position next season. I asked Amir if he thought the recruits in this state deserve more love and he responded,
“For sure, West Virginia athletes do not get as much respect as other states because we are told there is ‘no competition here’, but I would take the top athletes in this state and put them against anyone. Guys like myself, Dante Stills, Kerry Martin, Dwayne Grantham, Jestohn Moore and many others will prove me right in the way we compete at the next level.”
As for Richardson’s interest in the Mountaineers, I’d say it is fairly high, “Coach Gibson and I have a great relationship. I’ve had many conversations with him and am comfortable talking to him.”
Richardson had a fantastic junior year in 2017 racking up 42 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions, 4 pass breakups and one fumble recovery. That type of performance helped him to be named first team All-State and first team All-OVAC, but that does not stop him from wanting more in 2018, “Get ready for total domination on all phases of the ball and a Kennedy Award type season.”
There is no question that the state of West Virginia has been producing more talent over the last three years, but Richardson may just be the best two way player the state has seen in quite some time. He is very skilled offensively, but I project him to play safety at the next level. He is a hard hitter over the middle and one of the best pure tacklers I have seen from the class of 2019. Richardson has a chance to be something special and help turn around outsiders thoughts on West Virginia high school football.
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