— Scott Frost (@coach_frost) February 2, 2017
Cordarrian Richardson will not be signing with Maryland after all. The four-star running back out of Memphis, instead signed his letter of intent with UCF. The Knights’ head coach Scott Frost announced the news via Twitter.
Initially, Richardson chose Maryland in a creative and unique way, letting his camera display his choice of the Terrapins from ‘outer space.’
His decision was more shocking that the fact he did not list Maryland as one of his finalists, and there was no sign of D.J. Durkin and his staff gaining ground in landing him. The pick was odd to say least, especially since Maryland featured two underclassmen running backs in Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison last season and signed three more quality running backs on NSD, including four-star all-purpose back Anthony McFarland out of DeMatha.
Turns out academics may have been the issue with Richardson officially coming to Maryland more so than the crowded backfield he was trying to enter. Richardson originally gave a verbal to Clemson but backed off his commitment in December. He restarted his recruiting, picking Maryland on Wednesday and then eventually signing with UCF.
Thanks to adding one of the nation’s best running backs, UCF now has the best-rated recruiting class in their conference, the American Athletic, according to Rivals.com. Meanwhile, Maryland already had a stellar class for 2017, ranking in the top-25 for every major recruiting site. Richardson was not included when the Terrapins released their official signee list Wednesday night.
Durkin and his staff avoid a problem of trying to fit Richardson in with a crowded backfield. Maryland’s haul is not diminished in any nature with missing out on Richardson. Meanwhile, he has a bigger opportunity to play early at UCF, as their leading rusher amounted just 495 yards in 2016.