Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (OK) C.C. cornerback Keishawn Richardson pulled a surprise on Wednesday morning, signing with West Virginia over Wisconsin with the intent to enroll next month.
Richardson was ready to sign with Wisconsin until WVU made a late push just before Signing Day for early enrollees.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect was all set to sign with the Badgers as recently as last Friday after his original plan to visit Morgantown two weekends ago fell through due to weather.
However, after a strong push from the coaching staff, the three-star prospect visited WVU this past weekend and was blown away.
“They said they’re looking at me for a lockdown corner,” he told EerSports after the trip. “They said they felt like they couldn’t press as much as they wanted to, so they want me to lock down one side of the field. They want me to come in and take that side away.”
"Overall, I had a great visit,” he said. “It was really good there."
After talking it over with his parents on Tuesday, Richardson decided that being a Mountaineer was the right move for him. According to his coach, Sherard Poteete, the visit - along with the coaching staff - made the difference.
"He fell in love with it during his visit," said Poteete. "The staff did a great job recruiting him and made him feel at home. You got to tip your hat to the coaches for doing a great job."
Richardson gives West Virginia 19 commitments in the 2014 class. His pledge moves the Mountaineers up to 35th place in the 247Sports Team Rankings, jumping both Arkansas and Mississippi State.
Stay tuned to EerSports for more on his commitment, including a full interview as well as analysis.