SAVANNAH, GA - Milan Richard of Calvary Day has been a rising college football prospect since he was in middle school. He's from a family of Bulldogs, mother father and Uncle Herschel, the Bulldog legend.
But Richard is going to Clemson and says he didn't get any pressure at home. He Chose the Tigers because he felt he fit in, "Their offense is basically the same as ours at Calvary. Their coaching staff, I mean, I kind of fell in love with their coaches. We put together a great class so it's coming together."
But right now, Richard isn't thinking about Clemson. He says they still have some unfinished business at Calvary this year, "I'm just trying to be out front as a leader and just try to make plays when coaches call on me to try to put the ball in my hands and make plays on defense."
Milan has worked hard all summer to prepare for the new season and all the work has paid off, "He's got the ability to really make a lot of plays this year, I think," said coach Mark Stroud. "He's certainly work hard in the off-season, gotten even faster and he's gotten bigger and stronger. His upside is huge as you know and he got the ability to be a real playmaker for us this year."
Richard added, "All through the summer we have summer workouts here and stuff at my home. It's non-stop, it's constant work."
He plays both offense and defense and says he prefers the offensive side where he can catch and try to turn it into a big play, "I used to play, like, tackle and I moved out to receiver and tight end. I kind of like offense better because it was something new and I just fell in love with it. As soon as you catch it and tuck it away, trying to get up field and make guys miss, run guys over, or whatever you've got to do to get to the end zone. It's all about angles and vision, whatever they give you, you've got to take it."
Stroud added, "He's a guy who can step up and take some defensive snaps for us. He can definitely rush the passer for us. He's long armed, he's fast and physical, so we can use him in situations where we to get some pressure on the quarterback."
The Cavaliers open the season on Friday when they host Landmark Christian for the third time in a year. They beat the War Eagles 28-21 in the season opener a year ago at M.C. Anderson Field. In the rematch in the first round of the GHSA Private School Class-A playoffs, the Eagles took a 10-7 decision. So, the Cavs say they have some unfinished business this season.