Michigan State football, as well as the rest of the Big Ten, could have another crack at landing one of the top running back prospects in the nation.
Cordarrian Richardson from Memphis (Tenn.) Trezevant High, rated by 247Sports as a 4-star running back, announced Friday on Twitter he was re-opening his recruitment and officially decommitting from Clemson. He added he is not taking any interviews.
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Richardson, rated as the sixth-best running back in the nation, announced his list of top eight schools in early January before committing to Clemson back in early March. That list was made up of Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU, Tennessee, Auburn, Florida State, Michigan State and of course Clemson.
However, his list of scholarship offers is miles longer and includes multiple Big Ten schools, such as Penn State, Michigan, Maryland and Nebraska.
Originally, 247Sports predicted Richardson would commit to Florida State; however his eventual commitment to Clemson threw off any predictions. That makes seeing where the top-flight running back will eventually end up all the more interesting.
Michigan State currently has two 3-star running back commits in the class of 2017 to go with six running backs on its current roster. Sophomore star RB LJ Scott will return to school for his junior season and clearly lead the charge in the Spartans backfield.
However, considering the success Michigan has been having on the recruiting trail this season, they should be discounted from making a charge at Richardson. Coach Jim Harbaugh is proving himself as one of the best — if not the best — recruiters in college football, as he’s pulled down one of the best recruiting classes in the country.
In any case, Richardson’s newly opened recruitment will be interesting to keep track of, especially with the number of Big Ten teams on his tail.