It's great to be wanted, especially if you're a senior high school prospect, rated as the No. 1 player in your home state. There is a lot of pride and honor that goes with being the best.
For Ensworth's Antonio Richardson it's an honor, and the humble young man isn't going to dwell on it, but is just going to continue to work hard and get even better.
"It feels good to be noticed," Richardson told Rocky Top News. "When it is all said and done, I have to continue to work hard for great things to happen."
Hard work isn't anything new for the 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive tackle. Being brought up in a solid home, he salutes his father Lanny Richardson for his tremendous work ethic.
"I give my dad all the credit for what I am today," Richardson said. "He raised me with solid beliefs and a strong desire to work hard for everything in life. No one puts more pressure on me than I do myself."
That pressure and hard work is apparently paying off.
Richardson currently holds 21 official offers, including nine from the SEC and offers as far as Southern California.
"We were thinking that recruiting would be going good at this point," Richardson said. "We never expected this many offers before my senior season."
There have been a lot of rumors that Richardson may have already made up his mind on where he is going to school, but that appears not to be the case.
"We are wide open right now," Richardson said. "Our plans are to narrow it down to 10 favorites by September, five favorites by January 1 and then a final decision on signing day."
Is Richardson considering staying close to home?
"A lot of people think I'm a lock already for Tennessee," Richardson said. "That's not the case. Tennessee is definitely in the running. There are a lot of things I like about their program."
One thing that has impressed Richardson and his family is Derek Dooley and his new coaching staff.
"The new guys really seem down to earth," Richardson said. "It seems like Coach Dooley has assembled a great coaching staff. They are really doing a good job recruiting."
Richardson feels that Dooley will lead Tennessee to great things.
"I see him making a run for a national championship while he is there," Richardson explained. "If I did go to school there I could be a part of that."
Richardson has been to the campus on a couple of occasions, including the Vanderbilt game last fall.
"It's close by and gave us a great opportunity to watch a game not too far from home," Richardson said. "I loved the game day atmosphere. The campus is very different than most college campuses; it's very unique."
While Richardson realizes he is going to wait until National Signing Day to make his decision official, he also realizes that time passes at a fast rate of speed.
"It seems far away now, but that day will get here before you know it." Richardson said. "A lot faster than you expect it to."
While Richardson will be the first to acknowledge he likes to work hard, he also admits he is somewhat of a prankster off the field.
"I'm the type of guy that likes to have fun and joke around a little off the field," Richardson said. "I know when it's time to work my butt off and when I can have a little fun. I want to be known as a hard worker."
What are some schools that pique Richardson's interest other than Tennessee?
"Everybody really does that has offered me," Richardson said. "Notre Dame, Auburn, Kansas, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Georgia and Oklahoma, I like all of those schools, I like Tennessee as well."
Richardson is looking forward to his senior season. He feels that this could be a special year for his Ensworth team.
"Right now I'm focused on having a great senior season," Richardson said. "I always put a lot of pressure on myself. If you work hard usually you don't have to worry about anything else."
Richardson is ranked by Scout.com as a four-star prospect and is rated as the No. 13 offensive tackle in the nation.
It's great to be wanted, especially if you're a senior high school prospect rated as the No. 1 player in your home state. There is a lot of pride and honor that goes with being one of the best. For Antonio Richardson it's a reason to work harder, to live up to expectations. Go "Inside" to see what Richardson had so say about the honor and what drives him to be better.