The Pensacola News Journal has a long profile and some video of Escambia star recruit Trent Richardson. Richardson is a highly desired back with a verbal commitment to Alabama, but holds offers from just about every major program.
Comparison to Emmitt
Escambia High coach Jimmy Nichols has a unique perspective to evaluate Richardson’s abilities against Smith’s talents as a high school running back. Nichols was the offensive coordinator for Escambia when Smith played there.
Nichols knows he has a gem in Richardson. But he, too, is wary of comparing a high school player with one of the greatest players ever to reign over the gridiron.
“He’s getting better. But is he better than Emmitt was?” Nichols asked. “No, I don’t think so. But after coaching Emmitt and seeing some of the things he could do, well, Trent is bigger, faster and stronger than Emmitt was. But he doesn’t have the intangibles and knowledge of the game yet that Emmitt did. But he’s working hard to get there.”