Three-star Florida 2016 cornerback Antwaine Richardson committed to play college football at Maryland, he announced on Twitter Tuesday night. Richardson is a previous Michigan commit, but announced he'd decommitted from the Wolverines last Thursday and will now follow former Michigan defensive coordinator DJ Durkin to College Park.
January 27, 2016
Richardson is rated the No. 84 cornerback in the class and the No. 120 player in talent-laden Florida on the 247Sports Composite. He claimed offers from Miami and West Virginia, among other programs. He'll enroll early, this month.
He's an incredible fifth Maryland commit from Florida in the span of a week, following running back LaDerrien Wilson, defensive lineman Aaron Thompson and defensive backs Elisha and Elijah Daniels. Durkin has roots in the state from his time on Will Muschamp's Florida staff.
Richardson first committed to Michigan in June, the product of one of Harbaugh's SEC-trolling satellite camps in Florida.
When Richardson decommitted from Ann Arbor, he said it was to "explore my options to better my future academically and athletically." Michigan's interest in him apparently waned as time went on, and Durkin was one of the Michigan coaches who recruited him.
Harbaugh has drawn scorn lately for souring on recruits and allegedly revoking scholarship offers – charges he can't respond to publicly until National Signing Day – but it's not clear if he did anything of that sort with Richardson.
Richardson, listed at 6'0 and is 165 pounds, is Maryland's fourth defensive back in the 2016 class. He follows the Daniels twins and cornerback Travon Stott.
In total, he's the 16th verbal commit of the class, while Maryland only has approximately five scholarships remaining before it reaches the NCAA limit of 85. The Terps could sign up to 25 prospects in this class, but that would require Durkin to over-sign freshmen and rely on transfers to whittle down Maryland's scholarship count by the start of the season. (We're not sure of the status of offensive tackle Alex Hall, but he reportedly decommitted.)
Our scholarship projections have been updated.