Aug 5, 2011; Lexington, KY USA; Kentucky Wildcats helmet and football sit on the field during media day at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Football 2014 Season Preview: Meet Nick Richardson

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 NICK RICHARDSON
FRESHMAN – OT
6’4″ 283
WESTERVILLE, OH

MEET NICK RICHARDSON

Nick Richardson will be entering the 2014 season with the Wildcats as a freshman.  Richardson committed to Kentucky on July 30, 2013.  Richardson is a big and talented offensive lineman as he stands at 6’4″ and weighs in at 283 pounds.  He has received high praise from Rivals.com as they rate him as a four-star recruit.  Rivals.com also ranks him as the No. 20 offensive tackle and as the No. 217 overall player in the Class of 2014.  Richardson chose Kentucky over scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Michigan State, Mississippi, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia, among others.

LAST YEAR

Although Richardson is with the Wildcats for his offensive skills, he did play some defense in high school as well.  Last year, during his senior season, he recorded eight solo tackles and 3 assisted tackles.  He was also able to help his team to a 10-2 record and to the second round of the playoffs during his senior season.  He played in the 2014 Offensive-Defensive All-American Bowl and received many honors during his high school career.  Including being named first-team division and being named All=Ohio by the Associated Press.  Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops has said of Richardson, “Nick is a rangy offensive lineman, athletic and light on his feet. He’s also shown good pass-protection skills.”

PLAYER RANKINGS

RIVALS: ****
SCOUT: ***
ESPN: ***
24/7: ***

 I think Richardson can come into the Kentucky football program and develop into a great player.  I do not expect him to start since there are already five other offensive tackles on the team.  With two being seniors and two being juniors.  However, Richardson does have the the size and skill set to gain some playing time and experience throughout the course of the season.  Hopefully he will be able to learn from his teammates this year and really grow and develop.  Then, in his sophomore and junior seasons I can see him being a starter and important piece for the program.

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