Sunday evening inside the University High School Auditorium, West Virginia in-state prospect Amir Richardson made his announcement on where he would play football at the next level.
Once Richardson came on stage he didn’t waste any time he grabbed the microphone, and was ready to publicly announce his decision. He turned around and took off his long-sleeved shirt to reveal the flying WV with a big grin on his face.
“Number one, was being able to stay home. That’s the biggest one. I can play power five football and stay home,” said Richardson after his announcement.
Amir had several offers other than the Mountaineers including rival Pitt, but West Virginia offering first was a factor in the race for the top athlete. “West Virginia had the lead, because they were first of course. Growing up when you live in West Virginia of course you want to go to West Virginia. Other schools had sway. I started to feel Pittsburgh, go their camps things like that. I loved Penn State when I went to their camps, Kentucky took me on a visit. I started to think do I want to leave? Do I maybe want to look at other places, but then my heart was always where the home is and that’s where West Virginia is.”
Richardson plays both sides of the ball. He’s been making his rounds on social media with some spectacular catches, but will be on defense once he steps on the field as a Mountaineer. “When I was there (WVU) this Friday for the Showtime Camp, they had me at outside linebacker, still looking at safety so you’ll see me on the defensive side of the ball.”
Moving him to defense is a great move by the defensive staff. A player that can get to the high point of the ball, from the safety position, and take it away from the receiver can be that x-factor that can turn a game around.
Amir has ties to the West Virginia Program. His dad, Tony, was a former Mountaineer. “My dad of course loved it. My dad loved the decision. Being able to play at the same school he was at was definitely big for him,” boasted Amir.
One of the states top players still has another season left in High School and he wants to leave his mark. “I’m coming for the Kennedy Award (West Virginia’s top high school player). I want to be known as the best player in West Virginia.”