2022 Left Tackle Earns “Dream Offer” from FSU

Miami-Edison 2022 offensive tackle Daughtry Richardson received an offer from Florida State earlier in July. We caught up with Richardson to talk about the offer, his growing recruitment, and what he’s expecting now that he’s at a new school.

Daughtry Richardson is an emerging left tackle from Florida for the 2022 recruiting class. Originally from Tallahassee, Daughtry has moved down to Miami for the last two years of his high school career.

“I’m originally from Godby but I moved down here to Miami looking for tougher competition,” said Richardson. “The level of competition is just different down here. I still have family in Tallahassee, but I moved here too to live with my dad after my mom passed away. I’m the baby of the family and wanted to come down here.”

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Richardson has started to see his recruitment pick up as he has four offers with others reaching out.

“All of my offers are for left tackle, and those offers are from FAMU, Tennessee, FAU and now FSU,” said Richardson. “Miami, Florida, Georgia Tech and a whole bunch of other schools are talking to me right now.”

The offer from FSU and Coach Atkins is a big one for Daughtry as he admits FSU is his dream school. It’s the offer he wanted, and now he’s focused on building the relationship with the Seminoles’ new offensive line coach.

“I haven’t talked with my family yet, and I am looking for the best opportunity, but FSU is my dream school and this is a big offer for me,” said Richardson. “I visited FSU back in January. Coach Atkins and the whole staff showed straight love. They really welcomed me. I went there after school one day after Coach Atkins asked me to come by. I got the FSU now, it happened. It is just crazy to me.”

“Coach Atkins and I chop it up all the time,” continued Richardson. “He told me he had some big news coming for me. He told me they were offering and that it is a committable offer. As of right now, I need to talk to my family about it. They like my aggressiveness and how explosive I am, and he likes that I am a knee bender.”

Daughtry grew up a fan of the Seminoles due his dad following them. After visiting and learning more about the program’s tradition and fanbase, Richardson’s own fandom grew.

“I like the fans and how they are always going crazy,” said Richardson. “It is crazy that a dream has become a reality. I like how the fans are hitting me up on social media, too. Growing up my dad was a big FSU fan, so I became one. As I got older I wanted to play for them because of everything and the atmosphere. My dad was really excited that I got this offer.”

Richardson says he’s currently at 6’5”, 270 pounds. Despite the pandemic, he’s been working hard preparing for his junior year.

“I’d like to play my junior year at 275 pounds, and when I am a senior I’d like to be 285,” explained Richardson. “In college, I know they will add the weight they want me to have. I don’t want to get fat. I want to keep lean muscle, stay light and quick. I’ve been working out a lot and I do a lot of cardio. I’m also working on the mental side of the game. I am going to continue to work and I hope we have a season.”

Daughtry said that he competes in the shot put and discus in track, and that he plans on being an early enrollee when his time comes. 

Stay tuned as we track Daughtry’s final two seasons of high school and his growing relationship with the FSU coaching staff.

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