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January 1, 2009Five-star running back Trent Richardson has been committed to the University of Alabama for months. Despite a very firm commitment, he is planning to hit the road in January to check out a few of his other options.
"I am just planning to take some official visits to make sure I am making the right decision for myself," Richardson said. "I have Alabama on the 9th, Florida on the 16th, and LSU on the 23rd. I am going to try to stick Florida State somewhere in there."
The Pensacola (Fla.) Escambia product did not rule out the possibility of using a mid-week visit in order to fit four in between now and February 4th.
As for the schools he plans to officially visit, Richardson talked about each of the programs starting with the Crimson Tide.
"The offensive line and how it is like a pro program (stands out)," Richardson said. "Just look at their freshmen and how much they matured in a year. You have people like Julio (Jones) and Jerrell Harris, you can tell how mature they got from the beginning of the season to the end of the season."
His favorite feature of the Alabama squad is the line that would be opening holes for him up front.
"Their offensive line is one of the best in the nation," Richardson said. "While they will probably lose Andre Smith, they are going to get D.J. Fluker in there. I remember talking to D.J. about Alabama and he told me if I run behind him I don't have to worry about getting hit. I liked the sound of that. He is a beast."
Another school with a power-running style that interests Richardson is LSU. The Tigers have remained consistent in their interest in Richardson.
"I love Coach Porter and Coach Miles," Richardson said. "Those coaches will bring a lot out of you. Coach Porter will bring a lot out of you. Those coaches are real good at developing your talent."
As for Alabama's SEC Championship Game foe Florida, Richardson is not scared off by the Gators' spread offense.
"I know if I get in that type of offense I won't get hit as much as being in an I-formation," Richardson said. "I like the coaches over there too and I got cool with some of their players like Chris Rainey and some of the other guys over there."
The final program that may get a visit from the No. 7 ranked prospect in the Rivals100 is Florida State. The Seminoles have remained consistent in their efforts to land Richardson despite his commitment to Alabama.
"I like Florida State because they never gave up," Richardson said. "They still have a chance because they never gave up. That says a lot about their character."
So with visits on the itinerary, Richardson will make his way back to Pensacola after Sunday's Under Armour All-American game and will then hit the road throughout January to make sure his future home is indeed Tuscaloosa.
"Now I just plan to focus and make sure I am making the right decision," Richardson said. "But I love everything about Alabama, so it is going to be extremely difficult for me to change my mind. I am going to wait until February to let everybody know."