Florida Gators’ successful season helping with Richards

Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators coaching staff has spent all week out on the road visiting prospects in several different state during the first week of the contact period.

Athlete Mark-Antony Richards (6-1, 195, West Palm Beach, FL. Wellington) received a visit from Florida on Monday and several coaches showed up to see him.

“Coach [Greg] Knox, Coach [Billy] Gonzales, Coach [Larry] Scott and Coach [Brian] Johnson were the ones to come by,” Richards said on which coaches visited him on Monday night. “It went really well, I really liked what they had to tell me, they have a pretty good plan for me as far as me being a very versatile player on offense. We had a good talk, I like what I hear from them.”

Richards who has visited Florida twice this fall liked the relax environment of meeting with the coaches on Monday.

“I didn’t have too many questions, I know a lot about Florida but we had a great conversation,” he said of the talks with Florida on Monday. “Coming to my house, we just had a chance to sit down and talk serious business. I think everything they had to say was truthful. I’m pretty interested.”

The Gators coaching staff broke down with Richards just exactly how they would use the athlete in the Florida offense if he comes to Gainesville.

“They brought up Percy Harvin and Kadarius Toney,” Richards said on how they see him fitting into the offense. “They expressed me playing that kind of role and getting me the ball in the open space. They feel like I can really help the team on offense drastically.”

Richards watched Florida’s offense closely this year and he admits that seeing the success on the field this year has helped the Gators with him.

“Yeah, I can say that,” he said on if seeing Florida’s success this year made him more interested in Florida. “Seeing the success Coach Mullen had this year only tells me that next year is probably going to be even better. That’s something that will definitely play into my decision.”

Next up for Richards will be official visits as the athlete doesn’t plan to sign until February.

“It will be in January,” Richards said of when he will take his official to Florida. “I’m still arranging some but Florida, Auburn, Miami and Penn State will for sure get visits.”

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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.