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Friday, January 24, 2014 4:56 PM
Elite tight end from Georgia feels at home in Clemson
by Nikki Steele
Staff Writer

Milan Richard may be from the state of Georgia, but he has already found a second family with his future Clemson coaches and teammates.
The 6-3, 228-pound tight end from Calvary Day School in Savannah took his official visit last weekend along with a handful of other committed prospects, and he said that his future teammates are already becoming family.
“It was great. I had a good time, and I hung out with a lot of people,” Richard told TigerNet earlier this week. “We got a lot closer, and I can tell we are really becoming a family. I hung out with Adam Choice, Trevion Thompson, Kendall Joseph and Jefferie Gibson. Everybody is on the same page. We talked about it, and we are all ready to come in and start working and help out in any way we can.”
Getting to know the other members of the 2014 recruiting was something that Richard has looked forward to since coming to games during the fall.
“The best part of the weekend was just hanging out with the guys. We haven’t got to spend a lot of time together until this weekend,” Richard said. “When we would come to the games, you come in and go to the game and then part ways that same day. This time, it was good just being for there for two or three days. It was all about bonding and building relationships.”

Richard even spent time with his player host and fellow tight end Jordan Leggett, discussing the ways they can help the Tigers win.

“My player host was Jordan Leggett,” Richard said. “Jordan is a really cool guy, and we talked a lot. We realized we are on the same page, and we just want to help the team win however we can.”

As far as his second family goes, Richard said that tight ends coach Danny Pearman will treat him like his own son, but to also expect some tough love.
“I love Coach Pearman. He told me he will be like a father figure to me, but at the same time he will coach me hard,” Richard said.

Richard was able to sit down with the other offensive coaches to further understand what they expect when he steps foot on campus in late June.

“I spent a lot of time with Coach (Chad) Morris, Coach Pearman and Coach (Jeff) Scott,” Richard said. “With Coach Morris, we mainly just talked about the position and what it entails. He wants me to come in and be as prepared as possible.”

Hard work and preparation won’t be a problem for the Georgia native.

“I am going to come in and work hard in the weight room and pick up the offense as fast as I can,” Richard said. “I’ve already told the coaches they can use me wherever they see fit.”

As a senior, Richard had 29 catches for 502 yards and five touchdowns.


Nikki Steele can be reached at nikki@tigernet.com