In a surprise move to some, tight end Milan Richard on Wednesday picked the Clemson Tigers. At first glance, nothing seems askew. Clemson is a good football program that regularly recruits very well. But then when you factor in mitigating factors like family, that’s where it gets a little surprising that he’s headed to Clemson.
You see, Richard is the nephew of Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, arguably the greatest collegiate football player of all time, and a mythical icon for both the state of Georgia and it’s flagship school, the University of Georgia. That’s not all. Both of Richard’s parents went to UGA and even ran track.
So how in the world is he headed to Clemson, and not Athens?
Richards, a 6-foot 3, 230-pound bruiser from Calvary Baptist Day School in Savannah, Georgia, loves the way the Tigers use their tight ends. Of particular note was the efficiency and production of former Tiger Dwayne Allen, who’s currently coming off a monster rookie season for the Indianapolis Colts. Other than that, you can’t help but wonder if living and playing in the shadows of his famous UGA family members played a role in the matter.
It’s more common than you might think when relatives of former players decide to strike out on their own and create their own legacy at their own school. Perfect example: Peyton Manning choosing Tennessee over Ole Miss. Peyton was the only member of his family to branch out from Oxford. His dad, second only to Jesus in that town, starred in the early 70s for the Rebels, his mother was a cheerleader and the homecoming queen, and both of his brothers, Cooper and Eli, played for Ole Miss.
Richard could be an absolute beast for the Tigers. He’s played extensively at wide receiver in high school, but has more of a tight end’s frame than a receivers. Heck, with his thick frame (which resembles his massive uncle), he looks more like linebacker than anything else.
He’s got excellent hands, runs good routes, is nearly impossible to bring down after the catch, and obviously has thoroughbred bloodlines. Really, the only thing he’ll need to work on is his blocking, something he has very little experience at from the prep ranks.
Richard is considered by most to be a high 4-star prospect, and is considered by ESPN to be the second-ranked tight end in the country.