Tight end’s birthday will be special

Florida was very active last week on the road recruiting and they handed out several offers to players from all classes.

One player that the Gators offered was tight end Tavin Richardson (6-3, 214, Duncan, SC Byrnes) who received the news from his area recruiter after a visit to his school last week.

“The defensive line coach, Coach [Brad] Lawing was the coach that offered me a scholarship,” Richardson said. “He said that he needs a guy like me and that I fit their offense really well for what they are going to do. Coach Lawing was by my school last week and I know he watched me and talked to my coaches about me.”

Richardson may have received the news from Lawing but tight ends coach Derek Lewis was the coach that told Richardson where he would fit in if he chooses the Gators.

“I talked to Coach [Derek] Lewis after I talked to Coach Lawing and basically he repeated what Coach Lawing said.” Richardson said. “Coach Lewis said that they want me as an H-Back in their offense. He said that I would start behind the tackle and motion out to receiver a lot and that I would also block some.”

The talented tight end now has 23 offers and is gaining more interest this spring. However, Richardson says he doesn’t have a leader but Florida’s offer stood out to him.

“I’m pretty open right now because I’m still getting offers but I have interest in Florida because it’s a big offer to receive,” Richardson said. “I’m going to visit Florida in June so I can see everything and after that I will see a few more schools in July.”

This summer will be big for Richardson’s recruitment, including a few visits this fall before Richardson gives himself a birthday present in November.

“I want to decide on my birthday November 3rd,” Richardson said.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.