Florida Gators “up there” for Antony-Richards following Saturday’s visit

Athlete Mark-Antony Richards (6-1, 194, West Palm Beach, FL. Wellington) was one of dozens of prospects on campus on Saturday as he choose to visit Gainesville instead of other spring games.

This was Antony-Richards first time to meet Dan Mullen and the new Florida Gators coaching and he liked what he heard from the staff as well as the energy on campus.

“They treat me like family, the atmosphere for a spring game was pretty cool,” Antony Richards said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “I just wanted to see and hear what they had to say and give them the opportunity like I give every other school. They took advantage of that.”

Antony-Richards is an athlete and that has been the message from the coaching staff but they didn’t go much more in-depth on that on Saturday.

“Not to much in depth but they asked me which position I want to play,” he said on his talk with the staff about where he would play. “I said running back, slot receiver, they understand that I’m tough player and need the ball in space.”

The coaching staff did explain to Antony-Richards on Saturday how they see his role playing out as they used a former player to explain that role.

“The one guy that compare me to is Percy Harvin,” Antony Richards said on how they explained his role to him. “They see me playing a similar type role that Percy Harvin played. I think that’s one of the things they’re missing so hopefully I can do that if I come here.”

Antony-Richards had pretty much the entire coaching staff recruiting him on Saturday and they had a simple message for him.

“I talked to Coach [Dan] Mullen, Coach Greg Knox, Coach [Billy] Gonzales and a few more,” he said on the coaches he talked to. “They just want me here as a player and as a person. Because football can’t last forever but being a great person and a great student can take you very far in life.”

Now that Antony-Richards has met the new staff, he knows that the Gators are a school he’s going to look at hard.

“They’re up there,” Antony-Richards said on where Florida is at in his recruitment. “My top 10 is coming out in the summer so that will give you guys kind of an idea of where they’re at but they’re school they will be up there.”

INSIDERS TAKE: Antony-Richards says he plans to take an official visit to Florida in the fall and he says he’s going to try and early enroll in school and sign in December. Antony-Richards also said that just because his brother is at Miami, doesn’t mean he will follow him.

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.