Jeremy Pruitt and his Tennessee staff continue to try and build a strong foundation for the Vols’ 2019 recruiting class all while working on closing out the 2018 class. They were at it again on Tuesday when they offered an elite safety in the 2019 cycle.
Demani Richardson, a four-star safety in the 2019 class, tweeted out on Tuesday evening that he had picked up a scholarship offer from the Vols. Tennessee is the seventh school to offer the fast-rising safety out of Waxahachie, Texas.
— Demani Richardson (@therealdemani) January 16, 2018
Richardson is rated as the No. 5 safety in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s also the No. 105 overall player in the class per those ratings, and he’s a versatile athlete who plays both wide receiver and defensive back for Waxahachie High School.
The 6-foot-1, 190 pound safety has great speed, instincts, and soft hands. His skills at wide receiver transfer over well to safety, as he’s able to be a ball hawk and knows how to read receivers. Richardson is a dangerous weapon on both sides of the ball.
Tennessee will need help at safety in the 2019 class and moving forward because they’re projected to lose a lot of safety talent after the 2018 season. Todd Kelly Jr. and Micah Abernathy will graduate, and it’s not crazy to think that Nigel Warrior could declare for the NFL draft after his junior year this season.
Getting one or two safeties in the 2019 class is a must. And getting someone like Richardson would be huge for the Vols.