Richmond Loves Ohio State Visit

By Jeremy Birmingham on June 15, 2013 at 12:30p
Richmond To OSU Has a Nice Ring To It

There's been a lot of hullabaloo and fussin' and cussin' about Ohio State's offensive line recruiting in the last year and a half. As the Buckeyes start to ever so slowly turn some of their recruiting focus from finishing the 2014 class to starting the 2015 class, it appears that they've decided to address that issue as much as possible.

One of their primary targets for 2015 is Memphis (Tenn.) University School offensive tackle Drew Richmond, a 6-foot-6, 300 pound hulking brute who grew up, according to the soon-to-be junior, a Buckeye fan.

"This was my first time at Ohio State," Richmond said following his visit. "I did grow up rooting for Ohio State, so there were a lot of expectations. I always thought Ohio State just had the coolest uniforms and I remember the way that Coach Tressel would lead the troops out on the field; they'd lock up arms and they'd walk out, it was so hype."

Richmond pushed off from Memphis on Thursday afternoon and arrived in Ohio on Thursday night. He and his coach stayed overnight in Springfield at his coach's father's home before making the final leg to Columbus on Friday. From there it was a whirlwind 24 hours for the star lineman.

"I really enjoyed the visit," he said. "I spent time looking at everything, talking to the players, coaches and academic people. I spent a lot of time with Jalin Marshall, Vonn Bell, Ryan Shazier and Curtis Grant and a couple other people."

Of course, the true face of the Ohio State program is head coach Urban Meyer and Richmond spent some one-on-one time with the big man himself.

"Meeting (Coach Meyer) went really well," he said. "He told me that I'm the type of guy they need along the offensive line and that he wants me on board. I didn't have any predetermined thoughts on what his personality would be like, so it was cool to meet him."

Richmond participated in last weekend's Rivals Five-Star Challenge in Chicago and said that he came away impressed with the camp and felt that he gained some valuable knowledge. The attention and recruiting pressure are not yet getting to the Memphis monster, though. He is planning on taking some time to make sure that he makes the right decision for his future. Prior to his Ohio State visit, he tried to remain measured in his approach, realizing he would not get the full "feel" for what Ohio State has to offer with an empty stadium and quiet campus.

Could Richmond follow in Orlando Pace's footsteps?The "Big R?"

"I'm not close to committing anywhere at this point," Richmond said. "I knew that the trip to Ohio State was going to be good, but as far as setting "the bar" for future visits I don't think so, because this trip didn't have that feeling of 100,000-plus people and the buzz around campus. I still enjoyed it so much, though. I think next year I'll have a better idea timetable for when I'd commit because that's when coaches can really start actively recruiting me."

Now Richmond will focus on his summer, although he intends to make a visit to Georgia before really settling back into being a teenager. He admits that he'd like to get back to Ohio State this summer but doesn't see it happening at this point.

"I doubt it, but I do want to," he said when asked if he might return for Ohio State's "Friday Night Lights" camp in late July. "I'd also really like to make it up for either the Penn State or Wisconsin games, but I don't think it'll be able to happen, sadly enough. I've got homecoming one of those weekends and the other we play a game out of state."

Growing up a Buckeye fan, making his first visit to Ohio State as a coveted recruit, Richmond was awed by the feeling of being at Ohio State.

"It was a dream feeling, honestly," he added. "Seeing your dreams come true is amazing. Everything at Ohio State met my expectations and in a lot of ways exceeded them a bit. Heck, even the donuts were amazing at Schulers Donuts."


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buckskin's picture

If that kid can live up to the performance of the past players that wore that jersey#, then he is an absolute MUST get!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I shouldn't be surprised, but there sure are a lot of recruits that say they grew up cheering for Ohio State.

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BME_Buckeye's picture

Lol. Richmond even like the donuts! Sounds like a good kid. 
This might be a dumb question but are junior recruit allowed to take official visits or is it just when they are seniors?

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Only as seniors.

southbymidwest's picture

Sounds like a great visit and a smart kid-liked how he talked about perspective and expectations. And who better to hang out/stay overnight with-Bell, Marshall, Shazier and Grant! Great way to get perspective-veterans and new guys.
Found it interesting that his coach's father lives in Ohio-might the coach be an OSU fan also? We can hope!

jvd253's picture

Is it just me, or is Urban going gray fast?  Owing college football is a stressful job. 

"A guy from Ohio can make it in life if he works hard enough." - Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Do you remember how quickly OSU turned Tressel's hair gray??

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

I'm not trying to toot our own horn here folks, but this story has been online for almost 4 hours while other premium sites are just getting their Richmond stories online. I hope you're all telling your Buckeye friends that they needn't pay for recruiting info.

Basso Profondo's picture

We appreciate it immensely

buckeyedude's picture

I'm in Toledo Jeremy, and I tell all the Buckeye fans that I meet and know that 11W is the best Buckeye website. Bar none.



Jeremy Birmingham's picture

As a Toledoan, I appreciate it. :)

toad1204's picture

I've clicked 4 ads this morning so far.  Hopefully it moves the revenue meter. 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

allbucksallthetime's picture

As usual, kudos to you and the 11W staff for the outstanding coverage of all things Buckeye.  You guys seem to always be doing work and it is greatly appreciated!  Go Bucks!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Excellent article Jeremy and 11W, this is why this is the best Buckeye site out there!!
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osubuck57's picture

Like that O-line is still a priority in 2015!! Hope we get Richmond!! Seems like a great kid with a good head on his shoulders.


cajunbuckeye's picture

Great article Jeremy. Now, if you could only get a recruit to do an on-line interview directly with members. 11W rocks Buckeye recruiting.

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chicagobuckeye's picture

Sorry for partying.

9Route's picture

Richmond is a very well-spoken young man...hope he is a future Buckeye.
He was talking about how Coach Tressel would lead the team out of the tunnel, arms interlocked, walking into the endzone...then they'd charge the field as one. That was badass! I miss that tradition. I think Eric Lichter would lead the team with the sway thing, back and forth...that got me pumped too.

I'm just happy to be here

Nkohl13's picture

Yeah that's the one think I think the current staff screwed up. That was waaaaay better than quick cals. They remind me of the hokey pokey.

chicagobuckeye's picture

you put your left leg in

9Route's picture



I'm just happy to be here

DenBuck's picture

We're f***ed, he and hoke both like donuts...

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warosu's picture

The good guys will take him 6' 6 300? Coach Mick will get him in shape!

buckeyedude's picture

The thing you have to remember is this kid is 6'6", 300 lbs and he is only going into his junior season. That makes him what, 16 or 17 years old? Holy Toledo! He's going to grow a few inches before he gets to college and pack on a few more pounds. 6'8" 330 by the time he gets to Columbus?



3technique's picture

He is a lean 300, 330 seems very possible... I hope he can make it for a night game and I love that they've added some... Oline will still be a priority every year. There is only such a huge need now because of a lack of getting talented kids for a couple of years. I think the 14 Oline class will be one of the great ones... I hope Jamarco Jones picks the goodguys..

captain obvious's picture

be careful the NCAA will hear about Schulers Donuts

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tdible2132's picture

Between Jacques Patrick, Drew Richmond, Jeffrey Holland, Tim Settle, and some of the top 2015 guys in Ohio, it sure seems like we are making some great first impressions with top notch 2015 prospects.  Obviously it's way to early to talk about commitments for 2015, but you have to feel good about the prospects for our 2015 class!

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

I have some family in Springfield and have had Schuler's doughnuts a number of times: unbelievably good.....getting hungry thinking about it

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