Starting for a team that won the state championship last year as a freshman 2015 wide receiver Tavin Richardson was a known commodity and he had a solid sophomore campaign for Byrnes. This year the Rebels were ousted from the playoffs by the team they defeated last year for the state title, Gaffney. This year the Indians went on to win the title and Richardson talked about that and more with SCPrepNation.com.
We asked the sophomore what he felt he improved upon the most since the end of his freshman season until now and he had this to say.
"My speed, strength, route running, and overall play-making ability."
Those attributes resulted in 38 receptions for 550 yards and 6 touchdowns on the season for Richardson.
Looking ahead to next season Richardson talked about some areas he'd like to make more improvements heading towards his junior season.
"I want to be more explosive. Being faster and stronger, improving my route running, and to be more consistent catching the ball. I want to be a complete receiver next season. I want to be the best receiver in the state."
Playing in one of the state's toughest regions and playing out of state opponents Richardson faced a number of high quality opponents. Although he didn't single out any particular prospects he did cite one team that he felt was the toughest he'd faced all year.
"It wasn't just one guy it was the entire Gaffney defense.
With the Rebels potent offense featuring a receiving corps with the likes of Akia Booker, Shaedon Meadors, and Greg McHam piling up huge numbers will come soon enough for Richardson as he continues to improve. College coaches are already liking what they've seen of the 2015 prospect too. Schools from across the country are already showing strong interest in him and he talked about his recruitment with us.
"I'm hearing from Georgia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, LSU, Clemson, South Carolina, USC, Mississippi State, Oregon, Alabama, North Carolina, Missouri, Auburn, and Tennessee."
With such a long list of suitors already in the mix we asked Richardson which schools are pressing him the hardest right now.
"I'd say Virginia Tech, Georgia, and North Carolina are recruiting me the hardest."
The 2015 prospect says he's wide open with no favorites currently. He did however share a list of schools who he feels may close to offering him a scholarship soon.
"I'd say Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Georgia, Clemson, and South Carolina."
Currently in the middle of basketball season for the Rebels Richardson says he has no idea what schools he will be camping with yet. He does however intend to get out to camp with schools and hit the combine circuit this off season.
With the Rebels losing to rivals Gaffney Richardson talked about just how big the rivalry is for the two teams and their fans.
"The rivalry is huge! When you have the best two schools in the state and they both happen to be in the same conference, the crowd and the game itself is like no other!"
The Rebels also were dealt another blow when head coach Chris Miller announced that he was leaving to Byrnes to take the head coaching job at Spartanburg High. Miller has been a fixture for the Rebels over the past decade en route to numerous state championships. Richardson talked about what it's going to be like to face his former coach come next season leading another team.
"It will be very strange. I respect and admire coach Miller very much and I wish him all the luck in the world."
The 6'4 210 pound prospect towers over most opponents and fellow wide receivers so what's the chance he could continue that trend?
"My doctor says that I still have some more growing to do."
Given his stature there's no wonder that Richardson compares his game to that of another former South Carolina prep prospect who's in the NFL currently.
"I like to pattern my game after Alshon Jeffrey (Chicago Bears) being a big, physical, dominant receiver."
Stay tuned as we'll have more updates with Richardson as his recruitment undoubtedly will continue to heat up moving forward.
Richardson recently committed to participating in Carolina Combines event coming up in Greenville, South Carolina on April 20th 2013. He joins a long list of top prospects not only from South Carolina but surrounding states like North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. Stay tuned as we'll have more updates regarding the event here on SCPrepNation.com.