Michigan continues to gain momentum on the recruiting trail, as 2016 cornerback Antwaine Richardson (Delray Beach, FL) committed to the Wolverines on Friday afternoon via Twitter. The coaching staff has been red-hot on since the start of June with Antwaine being the fifth commitment in ten days.
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Stats and Rankings:
High School: Atlantic High School (Delray Beach, FL)
24/7 Rating: 3 stars, #822 overall, #81 CB, #103 in state of FL
ESPN Rating: NR
Rivals Rating: 3 stars
Scout Rating: NR
Other Offers: Miami (FL), Rutgers, South Florida, Toledo, West Virginia, Wisconsin
2014 Stats: 35 Tackles , 10 Pass Break Ups, 3 Forced Fumbles, 2 INT (via 24/7Sports)
Antwaine is a solid looking cornerback prospect that possesses a good frame, that is capable of adding weight to it once he arrives at the college level. Shows solid speed throughout his highlight reel and shows good closing speed on the ball carrier. Antwaine has decent back-pedal speed and can turn his hips fluidly to get towards the ball carrier. Throughout his entire highlight film, Antwaine shows signs of a lock down cornerback as he is able to play in press coverage or in zone. Does a good job of using his long arms while defending the pass and can go up for jump balls. Ideal ball skills for a cornerback and is able to bring contort his body to make breakups/interceptions. He has enough speed to keep up with receivers and does a good job of disrupting the pass using his body. Good lateral mobility and takes good paths to the ball once thrown. An above average tackler who hits hard and does a good job of wrapping up his man. Does an excellent job of waiting for a play to develop and then attacking the ball. One major thing I noticed watching Antwaine’s highlight film is that he never finds himself out of position and is constantly able to make plays due to his high instincts and football IQ. All in all, it looks as if Michigan has found another under the radar recruit who looks capable of playing at a high level once his collegiate career begins.
Antwaine becomes the second recruit (Shelton Johnson) that Michigan has been able to pluck out of Atlantic High School since Jim Harbaugh took over. The coaching staff continues to extend their reach across the country as they’ve now taken three talented recruits out of SEC territory in 2016.
Richardson becomes Michigan’s eleventh commitment in the 2016 recruiting cycle joining; QB Brandon Peters, RB Matt Falcon, RB Kingston Davis, OT Erik Swenson, ATH Chris Evans, LB Dele Harding, LB/FB David Reese, ATH Kiante Enis, OG/DT Michael Onwenu, and LB Dytarious Johnson.
The coaching staff will likely continue to recruit the cornerback position as they currently lack some depth along the defensive secondary. Other possibilities include; Tony Butler (Lakewood, OH), Lavert Hill (Detroit, MI), and David Long (Los Angeles, CA).