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Top-50 athlete Mark-Antony Richards had a good visit with Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen.

How Florida capitalized on visit from top-50 athlete Mark-Antony Richards

Zach Abolverdi

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The Gators improved their standing last weekend with top-50 overall athlete Mark-Antony Richards.

The 4-star athlete from Wellington High School (West Palm Beach, Fla.) was in attendance Saturday at the Orange & Blue Game, his first trip to Florida in nine months.

Following the visit, he told SEC Country that Florida “took advantage” of getting him on campus and was “up there” in his recruitment. Why? Because of Gators coach Dan Mullen.

Last weekend was his first time meeting Richards and he made a strong impression on the dynamic athlete, who could play running back, wide receiver or defensive back in college. While other college coaches have been wishy-washy about a position for Richards on the next level, Mullen didn’t beat around the bush.

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He had a clear plan and vision for how he wants to use Richards like former Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin. Richards has been on the fence about what side of the ball to play on, so it was refreshing for him to hear Mullen speak glowingly about his offensive skill set.

Especially when you consider the fact that Miami — viewed by many as the odds-on favorite for Richards — had been recruiting him strictly as a safety. However, the Hurricanes recently changed and started looking at him on offense.

I asked Richards how Mullen has been able to attract him and other top recruits this spring.

“Telling the truth,” Richards said. “Coach Mullen told me in his office that he’s not going to tell me any lies. He’s not going to sell me on something I want just for me to commit. He’s going to tell the truth and call things the way he sees them.”

The Gators have a lot of competition for former linebacker Marcus Tillman Jr. (Orlando, Fla.), but I still think they’re the team to beat for him coming out of the spring. Florida got his first (Feb. 3) and last visit (April 14) of 2018. Now he’s done taking trips and will make his decision this summer. Clemson appears to be the biggest threat to the Gators.

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