Posted by Bryan Fischer
Brady Hoke hasn't even coached a game for Michigan yet but he might have already won over the fanbase with his aggressive recruiting that has led to a top ten class early in the recruiting cycle. Hoke added to it this week with news breaking on Thursday that Detroit (Mich.) cornerback Terry Richardson had verbally pledged to the Wolverines.
“I think it’s something big they’re trying to get done there,” Richardson told 247Sports.com. “It’s where I feel the most comfortable. I wouldn’t have felt as comfortable at those other schools. I felt comfortable and wanted. I felt like I’m at home.”
The 5-foot-10, 165 pound Richardson is one of the top corners in the country and held offers from Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Penn State among others. He joins an already loaded class on defense for Michigan, many of whom are close friends with Richardson already. That bond between recruits was another reason why he'll be playing in Ann Arbor next year.
“Most of all, I’m back playing with my boys again,” he said. “We’re going to go up there and make it happen. We’re going to bring some real big-time excitement to Michigan over the next couple years. We’re going to make it happen and that was hard to pass up. For them to commit, it made me really look into it more and I felt comfortable. I felt wanted.”
The five-star player racked up nearly 40 tackles and snagged 12 interceptions last season. Also a threat out of the slot on offense, Richardson has great speed and great quickness. MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming has him ranked as the 33rd best player overall and fourth-best corner in the country for the class of 2012.
Richardson is the 12th commitment for Michigan in the upcoming class of 2012.