Every football team, especially Purdue, needs offensive linemen. Large men shoving other large men out of the way so smaller, faster men can move the football is the basic breakdown of football. Today Purdue got one of those large men.
Richards comes to us from Mooresville, Indiana and is a 3-star recruit according to 247 and Rivals. Purdue is now officially getting 40% of Mooresville’s offensive line as we already have Jaelin Alstott-VanDeVanter (and Mike Alstott relative) from Mooresville.
Alstott-VanDeVanter and Richards were part of a team that went 10-3 this past year and won a Class 4A sectional last season before losing 17-14 to eventual state champion Evansville Memorial in the regional. The only other losses were to Class 5A Whiteland 17-13 and Class 5A Decatur Central 24-21. The previous season Mooresville was 11-2 and also lost in the regional, this time to Marion 19-13.
What I like about both of these guys is that they play in a pretty tough conference where they are regularly challenged. Many of the schools in their conference are 5A schools. They more than hold their own against bigger schools.
Like many offensive linemen, I expect Richards to redshirt as he gets used to the college game. At 6’3” 295 already he projects as an offensive guard and pairs well with Alstott-VanDeVanter. If the two work out they will have great team work to be one wing of the one for years to come.