Mark Antony-Richards still doesn’t know where he wants to go yet.
The nation’s No. 4 ATH (per the 247Sports Composite ratings) was still not sure of his college path at all after Georgia came through Thursday night for his final in-home visit.
He has had a deliberate pace to his recruiting. He will stress “Patience is key” when it comes to how he relates to his situation. Richards didn’t pile up the early offers like other top 100 prospects usually do.
Does Auburn feel good here? What about a Miami program where his brother Ahmmon Richards starred?
Penn State has always been a top school for the nation’s No. 4 athlete. Richards gave that program his first official visit. Florida coach Dan Mullen impressed the Wellington (West Palm Beach, Fla.) star with a helicopter landing at his school this week.
What about Georgia? He will still offer up the “Why Not Georgia?” line about how he feels about the Bulldogs right now.
Richards gave the Bulldogs his last in-home visit on Thursday night. Running backs coach Dell McGee was on hand. So was a friendly face in longtime recruiter Scott Fountain. Georgia coach Kirby Smart even joined in by phone.
That marked his final face-to-face meeting with any college staff. Look for him to sort things out over the next few days. The 4-star ATH expects to have his mind set by Monday or Tuesday and he will let those schools know about his choice.
He decides at 11 a.m. on National Signing Day next week. Could he make this decision today?
“I will be honest with you, I could not,” he said. “I couldn’t and I mean I would probably know, but I would say by like Sunday or Monday I will know.”
This seems like a good summary of what he will be looking at:
- Richards said that he feels that all schools have a scholarship on the table for him. He doesn’t have to wait for another elevated target to move on to another program.
- It is sensible for him to feel that way right now. If one of his finalists was to indicate he was a backup option at this point, it would basically eliminate itself.
- He said a couple of times he doesn’t even know his choice right now. It may very well mean that Auburn isn’t the most likely suitor that everyone makes them out to be.
- Richards is very easy to talk to. He aims to go into sports broadcasting one day and will name drop that media personalities Charles Barkley and Maria Taylor are alumni of a couple of his top schools.
- As far as his academics go, he feels that the degrees offered at Florida and Penn State stand out from among his finalists.
- Is it just a coincidence here that fellow South Florida “Freak” James Cook also offered up a similar ‘Why not Georgia?’ statement when he was on his way to UGA?
Dell McGee’s final pitch to Mark Antony-Richards
Richards said the Georgia visit “went very very well.”
When he shared how one of Georgia’s ace recruiters left things with him on Thursday night, it was worth retelling.
The final thoughts that Georgia running backs coach Dell McGee left with Mark-Antony Richards is a pretty good story in itself. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
How did one of Georgia’s most successful recruiters approach closing time?
It was probably worth a post in and of itself.
Did McGee give him a black belt recruiter’s closing speech? Sort of.
“Do you want me to be 100 percent honest with you about what he said?” Richards said.
He then proceeded to share a vivid recall of their last meaningful exchange in his home.
That conversation would follow along like this if it were a script.
DELL MCGEE: Mark, I want you to know this. …….
(The Georgia assistant coach pauses.)
DELL MCGEE: It doesn’t matter what school you go to. I know this is going to be a hard decision for you, but understand that you will be fine wherever you go. Where ever you go, you will be successful.
(Another pause. Richards takes in what the Georgia running backs coach has to say. He nods.)
DELL MCGEE: You will be successful but know that God is going to steer you in the right way.
(This is the final pause. It was meant to have the desired effect.)