Herschel’s nephew offered football scholarship by Georgia Tech

The nephew of the most decorated player in UGA history, Herschel Walker, has been offered a football scholarship by archrival Georgia Tech.

Milan Richard is a 6-foot-2, 223-pound tight end from Savannah’s Calvary Day high school. His parents both ran track at UGA, and his mother Veronica is Herschel’s sister.

The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner is not pushing his nephew to play football at UGA (AP)

The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner is not pushing his nephew to play football at UGA (AP)

Georgia Tech is offer No. 9 for Richard, following UGA, South Carolina, NC State, UCLA, Vanderbilt, and Ole Miss, among others. Richard is a junior and considered one of the state’s top 20 prospects for 2014.

Calvary Day coach Mark Stroud was informed of the offer by Georgia Tech assistant Lamar Owens. Richard, who will likely talk directly to Georgia Tech early this week, is interested in what position he is projected to play, since the Yellow Jackets don’t employ a tight end in the triple-option offensive formation. His coach said it didn’t really matter.

“I don’t know what position Milan will play in college, I really don’t know,” Stroud told the AJC on Sunday night. “But I do know that he has all the physical attributes to be a great college football player.

“Where he plays and at what position, I don’t know what any of the college will end up doing with him. He’s a big guy who can really run. He’s great as a traditional tight end, or you could put him in the slot like we do. They may put some weight on him and put him down inside the tight end. They may put him at defensive end. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know he’s got all the tools to make it happen.”

Richard plans to make an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech for the Nov. 17 game against Duke and wants to learn more about the Yellow Jackets.

“I know a little bit about their stuff,” Richard said. “I went to a game at Georgia Tech with my teammates two years ago. I know they run the triple option. I know Calvin Johnson went there; he’s one of my favorite players. I know they have big guys playing in the wide receiver role.”

What about UGA? As Herschel’s nephew, he gets asked that question all the time. Everybody thinks that it’s a foregone conclusion that Richard will one day be playing for the Bulldogs.

“Yes, both my parents went to Georgia – I grew up a Georgia fan and I’m still a Georgia fan,” Richard said. “But that does not determine where I am going to go to college.”

“I’m 100-percent undecided. I’m taking my time with the recruiting process. I don’t want to be the guy who commits early and then de-commits later. If it ends up being Georgia, then I’m going to go to Georgia and be happy. But if not, I’m going to be happy wherever else I go.”

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TE prospect Milan Richard (right): "If it ends up being Georgia, then I’m going to go to Georgia and be happy. But if not, I’m going to be happy wherever else I go.” (247sports.com)

His coach has heard all the talk about Richard being “automatic” for UGA, too. “I don’t know what he will do. He’s not made any indication that that’s absolutely what he will do because he has talked to quite a few folks. He has not shut any doors, which I think is very wise on his part. He has definitely not said that he is absolutely going to Georgia. He also hasn’t said he wasn’t going to Georgia, either. He’s at least open to some other possibilities.”

College coaches and parents of his high school teammates know all about his connection to Herschel. But it isn’t that big of a deal to his classmates, who were born long after his uncle won the 1982 Heisman Trophy.

“Those were the glory days for Georgia, and it was a lot of fun watching Herschel play,” Stroud said. “But those were quite a few yeas ago. Milan handles the pressure well (from being Herschel’s nephew) because he’s got some years removed from the whole thing. The kids don’t make a big deal about all of that, so I think that helps him a lot with the pressure.”

“And the people that are recruiting him, even at Georgia, I appreciate the way they are handling it. They are not just doing it because he has a bloodline connection. That’s exactly what they said, that ‘We want Milan to be able to be himself, and we want to be able to recruit him like any other kid out there.’ I think that’s very important because this is Milan’s life and he needs to be able to prove himself as a good and solid young man and a good and solid football player.”

While Richard is proud and appreciative of his family’s legacy, he doesn’t want any special treatment because of it. “I don’t want to have to go off anybody else’s name to earn a football scholarship. I’m my own person. I’m just like every other kid, working hard with my high school team and going to camps.”

Richard visited UGA a few times this past summer, and earned an early offer after his performance at July’s Dawg Night prospect camp. He wanted it badly, but under the right circumstances.

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“A lot of fans thought Georgia should offer me,” he said. “But if you asked Georgia’s coaches, they will tell you they felt like I earned their scholarship and that’s why they gave it to me.”

UGA’s coaches are not allowed to comment on prospective student-athletes, per NCAA rules. But Herschel is. What is he telling his nephew about recruiting?

“Both of my parents were recruited for track, and they’ve kind of given me a lot of background and tips on recruiting that I need,” Richard said. “My uncle, he’s mainly there just for support. He’s there for me, wherever I go. My parents tell me all the time that it’s 100-percent my decision and I need to go where I want to go. It’s the same way with my uncle. He said it’s 100-percent my decision. He’s still going to be my uncle, regardless of whether I go to UGA or not.”

Richard has a 3.1 GPA and will likely major in Business.

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62 comments Add your comment

mvdawg

October 29th, 2012
5:40 am

Go dawgs! Way to beat them gators now go get Old Miss. Run the table boys. And Richard is all dawgs

Bitter hershal

October 29th, 2012
6:45 am

I’ll skin tat boy alive if he dont pick UGA

—–This family are all————-DAWGS——–hahahahah

——————-killed fla-ra-da

Just sad

October 29th, 2012
8:00 am

Too bad that a sloppy sloppy win over Florida wont even help cement recruits decision to go to UGA.

Ole Big Dawg

October 29th, 2012
8:27 am

Sicem Dawgs…this boy has winning in his genes……he belongs in the red n black!

gomdawg

October 29th, 2012
8:36 am

Sounds like he has his head on right do not comment so early . I like what he said about being 100 % undecided . He has a long time to play High School . hell he could be a running back by the time he is a Senior. GOOD LUCK YOUNG MAN , WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU A DAWG.

Paul in NH

October 29th, 2012
8:45 am

He seems like a mature, level-headed, young man. Good luck to him wherever he lands.

Hurt Kurbstreit

October 29th, 2012
8:55 am

Take your time young man and visit some of the schools, then pick UGA. It’s a family tradition.

Gorilla Biscuit

October 29th, 2012
9:03 am

The GnaTs probably want him for B-back or to block down field.
Forget it.
However, the next coach could probably use a TE for his offense.

spider

October 29th, 2012
9:22 am

gee dawg fans, take the victory and run and quit crying that it was a sloppy win, a win is a win.

Ted Striker

October 29th, 2012
9:37 am

Love to see him at UGA however like that he isn’t rushing the process.

Paddy

October 29th, 2012
9:43 am

If he does go to UGA the one thing we will miss is some legendary comment about him from Larry Munson. Boy, do I miss that guy on game day!

RedandBlackDAWG

October 29th, 2012
9:43 am

Just sad

October 29th, 2012
8:00 am

What is sad is your comment about a sloppy win. The defenses of both teams caused the other teams offenses to make mistakes, but UGA’s defense was better and won the game. Mistakes were made by the offenses because of the excellent play of of the defenses. You don’t always see a pretty game as one team or another usually always plays “sloppy”, because the other team plays better. Anytime you beat a number 3 team in the country, that had the number 6 defense, you have accomplished something.

GFY

October 29th, 2012
9:44 am

“Georgia Tech doesn’t employ a tight end”…..they also don’t employ a defense and probably wish they didn’t employ a Johnson for head coach…….

Ben

October 29th, 2012
9:56 am

Sounds like a smart kid. Good luck to him, wherever he goes.

Would be nice to have a real threat at TE for a change. I miss you, Leonard Pope.

Fred

October 29th, 2012
10:00 am

Sounds like the kid has a head on his shoulders. I can understand his desire to not ride his uncle’s name but be his own man. Good for him!

ABB

October 29th, 2012
10:00 am

Don’t worry y’all…he’s going to pick UGA. He’s just entertaining offers. And by the way, AJC, it’s Calvary Day School – not “Calvary Day high school”.

BobDawg

October 29th, 2012
10:21 am

Good Family behind him and sounds like he is doing the process right….GO DAWGS!

BG

October 29th, 2012
10:41 am

UGA is tight end U.

Dawgfaithful

October 29th, 2012
10:57 am

Why would any talented kid with good athletic pedigree and NFL aspirations ever go to Gtech? I guess they still have to offer them anyway. If Johnson wasn’t offering top in state talent the he would catch hell. I guess it’s better to try and not succeed than to not try at all. Couldn’t have been a better weekend… UGA win, Falcons win and Tech loses by 4 scores to BYU. Hey look at it this way Tech fans, the defense is improving you only gave up 41 to BYU. That’s a huge improvement from the 49 you gave up to Middle Tenn St. Go Dawgs!!

GT Girl

October 29th, 2012
11:07 am

He needs to come to Tech! He has a good GPA, wants to major in business and he could start for us right away! Go Jackets! I hope we can get this young man to see the light and come to GT!

Draggin' Fly

October 29th, 2012
11:13 am

Maybe Tech can pull a real coup and hire Vince Dooleys son as coach. I hear he may be looking for work shortly.

Rick James

October 29th, 2012
11:21 am

@GT Girl

He needs to come to Tech! He has a good GPA, wants to major in business and he could start for us right away! Go Jackets! I hope we can get this young man to see the light and come to GT!
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A coaching change at Tech is coming soon..I dont think this situation will be attractive to him.

hind tit

October 29th, 2012
11:31 am

Anyone know his time in the forty.

Dogs Smell

October 29th, 2012
12:23 pm

UGA tight end U ? Really? Winning in his blood? Hershel never graduated from Uga. Funny he is still undecided!

Michael Carvell

October 29th, 2012
12:33 pm

His coach said he was clocked at 4.59 in the 40-yard dash this past summer

Dum-Bass

October 29th, 2012
12:42 pm

I think he should choose Georgia Southern in Statesboro. That way the AJC would have to cover them and would not confuse them with GA State. Did anyone see anything about the Eagles win in the Sunday edition online? I looked and did not. It was a 3OT game which the Eagles won. The DAWGS play them later this year and the AJC may have to hide their faces and mention their name, especially when the Eagles upset UGA.

dap01

October 29th, 2012
12:44 pm

He needs to go to Tech. If he does and his parents come to the games the attendance will finally get over 36,000 per game.

kevinofconyers

October 29th, 2012
12:52 pm

Best of luck to the kid- I’m a Georgia Tech fan- but if he doesn’t come here, I’d rather it be UGA than out of state.

Whatever’s best for him. Agree with the other poster’s though- with D Rad on his way out as AD for tech (heading for Clemson)– the new AD could very well want to push CPJ out– right, wrong, or indifferent.

pebblebeach

October 29th, 2012
12:56 pm

Really….Herschel Walker never graduated from UGA…how sad…

Draggin' Fly

October 29th, 2012
1:03 pm

“After his first season in the USFL Walker completed his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from UGA.”

Sven Ottke

October 29th, 2012
1:37 pm

Will UGa offer him a Trans Am like they did his Uncle?

RascalDawg

October 29th, 2012
1:48 pm

Hey Milan, UGA has a pretty good business school…. And, we have developed some great tight ends!

Oldtimer

October 29th, 2012
2:12 pm

Tech ain’t happening with Milan. Guaranteed.

Jim Grabasski

October 29th, 2012
2:17 pm

Will Tech let him still play while not going to class like they did with Joe Burns and Joe Hamilton?

KOOL

October 29th, 2012
2:17 pm

If he comes to UGA, I think he should get to wear #34

BG

October 29th, 2012
2:38 pm

That should be a no brainer for the young man. Does he want to play for a winning team or a losing team?

Dawgfaithful

October 29th, 2012
2:42 pm

Dog smell,

Check your records again buddy. Herschel has a degree from GA. I’m not really sure what that has to do with this article or anything else but he’s got a degree.

P.O.T.

October 29th, 2012
2:53 pm

Dogs Smell….go hang out with the rest of the losers on the Tech blog; heck even the AD is running to get away fromTurd U

CreakyDawg

October 29th, 2012
2:54 pm

Well if the football thing doesn’t pan out, there’s always the FBI to fall back on…….well it worked for Uncle Herschel.

Footballrules

October 29th, 2012
3:31 pm

P.O.T….nah, it’s Nerds vs. Turds every November.

iraqidoc

October 29th, 2012
3:41 pm

You talk about most important part in the last sentence. Why is GPA last? This kid is NOT going to play football forever or he may get hurt. Then, all the people talking to him will be gone.

rick

October 29th, 2012
4:08 pm

Buy that young man a Trans Am! He will come to UGA. haha just kidding. Herschel will get him to UGa where he belongs.

IL Jacket

October 29th, 2012
4:16 pm

Sounds like the prototype of our recent wide receiver successes. Would love to see him in White & Gold.

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DABO

October 29th, 2012
5:14 pm

WE RAID THIS STATE!

Really?

October 29th, 2012
5:24 pm

I can’t believe that fans of the trade school still bother to comment about their superiors. No way this talented young man will end up anywhere other than the glorious University of Georgia.

JRW7

October 29th, 2012
6:08 pm

Seems like he wants to go to UGA, but the DAWGS have not offered a schlarship.

El-Toro GATA

October 29th, 2012
6:28 pm

this is very funny “100% undecided” he is a dawg since he was conceived! a fetus, unborn. why tech bother

bahits dot com

October 29th, 2012
7:21 pm

Are Auburn’s recruits sticking with them and why?

yellowfever

October 29th, 2012
8:31 pm

This article started out about Tech making the offer and it quickly turned to all about Jawga and Herschel. Go figure. I’m taking all bets that he goes to UGA.