SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — One-time Miami commit Ahmmon Richards’ decision to officially visit Auburn back in November changed his perception of the program entirely. Now, the Tigers are among the four-star receivers’ final four schools ahead of National Signing Day.
“When I went there on my official, I wasn’t expecting what I saw — the game day atmosphere, players and the coaching staff,” Richards told SEC Country. “It had a big effect, I would say. It kind of changed my whole view of Auburn. That’s why they’re in the mix.”
Richards, one of the top uncommitted receivers in the country, says he understood the importance of utilizing each of his five official visits. He knew of the program’s success in recent years under Gus Malzahn, but he was taken aback by the atmosphere when he arrived at The Plains.
“It’s a family environment,” Richards said. “I can see myself there. I hung out with some of the players on my official visit and they were all cool. Some of those guys are just like me.”
The 6-foot-1, 171-pound senior from Wellington, Fla., says there is also some appeal generated by Malzahn’s offensive scheme. Coaches have hinted at the possibility of him playing multiple positions — outside, slot and more. The chance to play a versatile role has caught his eye.
“As a receiver, it gives you a lot of different things to do, a lot of opportunities,” Richards said.
Richards intends on announcing his decision on Feb. 3 after he takes his final three official visits to Miami (Jan. 15), Alabama (Jan. 22) and Tennessee (Jan. 29).
What will it take for him to arrive to a decision?
“It’ll come down to, can I see myself here if I wasn’t playing football?” Richards said.