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More On Thomas Richard (pronounced "ri-SHAR," evidently)
The Trib (Dave Matter): Tigers land Nashville WR
"As far as ball skills go, Missouri's getting as good as they can get in the 2014 class," [his head coach Ingle] Martin said. "I've been fortunate to be around a lot of really good receivers, and he's going to be up there with the top of them when his time's up at Missouri."
Martin, the former Florida and Furman quarterback who played several seasons in the NFL, said other schools have shown interest lately, including Clemson, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, but Richard appreciated MU being the first program to offer a scholarship. MU receivers coach Pat Washington, the newest addition to Gary Pinkel's staff, has been Richard's primary recruiter.
Also, Richard's mother attended Missouri and has extended family living in the state.
Richard played football in middle school but focused on basketball when he got to high school, Martin said. A foot injury kept Richard from playing football his sophomore year but he caught on quickly last season.
"He single-handedly took over a few games," Martin said. "He's the type of guy who will give Missouri a great person to attack the middle of the field with. Thomas is going to catch everything."
Had he played more than one season in high school, Richard would have generated more early interest from other schools, Martin said.
Martin said Richard, who has not received a star rating from Rivals.com, would have blown up had he played high school ball longer and chosen to go to offseason football camps.
"This will be his first year devoting himself to football," Martin said. "He’s put on 15 pounds of good weight – he now weighs 185 pounds – and he jumped 37 inches at the Nike SPARQ combine. No one really knew about him until his film got out this year, and Coach (Pat) Washington kind of fell in love with him."
Washington, who was hired as Missouri’s new receivers coach this offseason, is serving as Richard’s lead recruiter. He was also the receivers coach at Tennessee when Martin was a top prep quarterback in Nashville several years ago.
"This guy coached guys that have been successful in the NFL and college, so you’re going to be coached by one of the best," Martin said of Washington.
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