His summer looked to be a time where he would receive the red carpet treatment from universities across the map as he put his recruiting process into full swing.
Then, on June 2, things changed.
Trent Richardson (5-11, 225, 4.5) admitted that it was a tough decision to make, but he liked the direction things were going in Tuscaloosa and did not want to let a spot pass him up.
Two months later, he remains committed to Alabama, but interest remains in another pair of other Southeastern Conference schools.
“[Tuscaloosa] is a great place,” Richardson said. “The fans are just crazy about everything, so it’s a good environment. Still, I am looking at other schools. Right now, I am staying in contact with LSU and Florida.”
When Richardson signed on with the Tide, he did so with the understanding that he would continue to shop around.
That being said, he is letting the shopping begin.
“I went to Friday Night Lights at Florida a few weeks back,” Richardson said. “It was a lot of fun, and I really felt like I was a big time prospect there.”
With it narrowed down to three schools, Richardson will take his visits in the fall and continue to mull over his decision as his senior season progresses.
“I am coming to Baton Rouge for the Georgia game,” Richardson said. “It will probably end up being my official.”
Of course, as a Tide-commit, the nation’s No. 18 ranked running back does not want to miss out on when the Tigers host Alabama on November 8.
“I will probably make that game as well,” he said. “It won’t be an official, but I will just want to come check it out.”
Until then, Richardson sits back at his home in Escambia, working harder every day towards what he says is the only thing on his mind.
“I want to leave with three state championships,” he said. “I have a shot at winning it in football, the 100m and weightlifting. That is my ultimate goal.”
With practice starting Monday for Richardson, whose recent workouts should have him down to 220 pounds by that start of the season, the four-star seems to have things in line.
Of course, his college decision still remains a question mark, despite his commitment.
“I still do have some things to check out,” Richardson said. “So you don’t know what can happen between now and then.”
Note: Richardson finished his junior season (seven games) with 1,490 yards and 15 touchdowns.