Morrice Richardson is heading to Notre Dame to play his college ball later this year. Earlier this recruiting season though that was almost not going to be the case. Morrice was looking hard at his hometown team but had to make the difficult call to pursue his dream away from home.
Morrice, I understand you are a solid verbal to Notre Dame? “Yes sir, I am. In fact Coach Weis and Coach Lewis will drop by my house this week to talk to me.”
It has been a while since you made your commitment to Notre Dame, has there been any other schools calling you trying to persuade you to change your mind? “Arkansas has been calling a good bit and trying to get me to come over to them, trying to sell playing time as big opportunity to me but I am not interested in them.”
Back before you committed to Notre Dame, there was speculation that you would be giving Georgia Tech a verbal commitment. Is this true? “Yes sir, I was ready to call them and commit to Georgia Tech. I liked the school and I like Atlanta plus Calvin Johnson is my cousin and I would have a chance to play at least one year with him. It was falling into place for me.”
What happened to change your mind? “Well, I looked at the situation of being so close to home. If something happened, I couldn’t have a chance to learn from any mistake on my own. I would have someone so close that they would be there so quick. I would never have the chance to learn on my own and become a mature, grown man on my own. There’s nothing wrong with having family close to help you, in fact it’s great but there is something special about making your own decisions and working out problems for yourself. Still, if things get too tough, Atlanta still isn’t that far from Notre Dame.”
So, look for Morrice to be a solid addition to the Fighting Irish and a young man with a good head on his shoulder such as Morrice, it’s hard not to root for him to succeed no mater where he ends up in life.