Florida State hosts 2022 OT Daughtry Richardson for “crazy” official visit

Florida State is looking to add multiple offensive tackles in the class of 2022 and Daughtry Richardson fits the bill. Richardson and his family traveled to Tallahassee, his hometown, to spend the weekend officially visiting campus. He was happy to be back home.

“The experience was crazy,” Richardson said. “It felt good to be back at home, it felt good. It was different from a football standpoint because they took [FSU] care of me, they took care of my family. It was crazy.”

It’s been a year and a half since the last time Richardson saw the coaches in person during a visit in January 2020. This was a chance for him to build deeper relationships with the staff.

“It felt good to see how the coaches act and their personalities,” Richardson said. “Just meeting them face to face instead of over the phone because it was boring talking on the phone all the time. It was good to meet the coaches in person, shaking their hand, speaking to them, and getting to see who they are.”

The Miami Central High School product spent extensive time talking with head coach Mike Norvell and offensive line coach Alex Atkins.

“Coach Norvell sat with me half of the time when we went out to eat,” Richardson said. “He sat with me Friday morning for breakfast and Saturday night for dinner. He was just talking to me the whole time, he really said two words, fit and family. That’s what it said around my lanyard.”

“Coach Atkins is like a mentor,” Richardson continued. “He tells me the right things and he keeps it real no matter what. He always keeps it real no matter what. That’s what I like about coach Atkins.”

Something that really stood out to Richardson was his conversation with Norvell. The head coach wanted to know what he was like off of the football field.

“What really stuck out to me was how coach Norvell was treating me,” Richardson said. “Talking to me like he was my position coach, how we sat down and just had a long conversation about football. Outside of football, he was just telling me how to be a man, putting me on game, talking about branding, and telling me a lot of information. Outside of it, he wasn’t really focused on football, he was worried about who I really am and my personality.”

Outside of speaking with the staff, the Florida native was also able to talk to current players Maurice Smith and Rod Orr. Smith gave Richardson some details on Atkins and his coaching style.

“He said coach Atkins is definitely going to develop you and you’re going to see an improvement in your game,” Richardson said. “He’s going to teach you how to be a man at the end of the day and he’s always going to put you on game.”

Richardson’s family was in attendance on the visit and enjoyed their experience as well.

“They definitely loved it,” Richardson said. “They saw that the coaches would take care of me if I was to go to Florida State.”

With his official visit to Florida State complete, Richardson will take two more official visits to Kentucky (June 18-20) and Miami (June 25-27). Earlier this month, he also visited Arizona State.

Following that, he’ll take some time to think before making his decision public on July 26.

“I’m going with that date and I’m not changing it anymore.”

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive tackle is ranked as the No. 463 overall prospect, the No. 44 OT, and the No. 67 recruit in the state of Florida in the 2022 class according to 247Sports.

Keep up with NoleGameday as Richardson draws closer to a decision this summer.

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