Clemson, SC — Clemson is picking up speed in more ways than one. First of all they haven’t lost a game since last year’s national championship against Saban. Then they continued their assault on college football by beating FSU in Doak Campbell Stadium, which is one of the difficult places to win a road game. And it seems that the Clemson Tigers are well on their way to another appearance in the national championship game.
This has been an unprecedented run of success for the Clemson. How much longer can this success last you might ask? The answer to that question is all about preparation – not just for next week’s game, but for next season’s team. And when it comes to recruiting, Clemson is killing it.
They’ve picked up a plethora of 4 and 5 star recruits that fit together like puzzle pieces like defensive back AJ Terrell and linebacker Justin Foster and on the offensive side of the ball, pro style quarterback Hunter Johnson and 6’4” wide receiver Tee Higgins. But what brings even more balance to the future Tiger offense is the savage running game of Cordarrian Richardson.
List of major programs that offered Cordarrian a full ride to play football:
Florida State Seminoles
Ole Miss Rebels
Alabama Crimson Tide
But #WE2DEEP17 was too enticing, so he’s taking his talents to Clemson, SC
Hometown: Memphis, TN
School: Trezevant High
We recently had the opportunity to interview Cordarrian and here are the highlights from our conversation:
Q: WHO’S YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE WHEN IT COMES TO FOOTBALL?
A: “My mom has had the biggest influence on my life and I know that carries over on to the field and how I play so I have to put her first, but some of my other influences when it comes down to football..good question, I kind of think of Ezekiel Elliot and Le’Veon Bell. I like the way they play”
Q: OUTSIDE OF FOOTBALL AND SCHOOL, WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE INTEREST OR HOBBY?
A: “Outside of football I like to hangout with friends and family. Other things I like doing is community service and things of that nature.”
Q: What do you plan on majoring in at Clemson in the fall?
A: “I’m pretty sure I’ll major in communication.”
Q: What made you choose Clemson over that long list of other schools?
A: “Well what made me commit to Clemson was when I stepped foot on campus I just had a different feeling. I felt like Clemson was special. I like how the coaches treat the players and the players treat each other like real brothers.”
And Cordarrian knows what it’s like to have your teammates feel like real family, because he currently plays on the same high school team as his nephew Marterio Richardson,who’s a standout cornerback/kick returner with 4 Kick returns for touchdowns and 2 interceptions this season alone – and he’s only a sophomore.
Picture below: Cordarrian Richarson (Left) Marterio Richardson (Right)
If Marterio Richardson has it his way, he’ll follow in his uncle’s footsteps to Clemson and bring new meaning to the phrase Clemson family. Dabo has built a powerhouse program based on a community that feels like family, so it’s only natural football families like the Richardsons have gravitated towards it.
Marterio has a couple more seasons to play in high school to prove to Dabo he’s Tiger material, but if he’s already returning 4 kicks for touchdowns in a season, he’s well on his way to playing on Saturday for Swinney.
featured image: By Daderot (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons