Trent Richardson signs with Alabama

Consensus five-star running back Trent Richardson picked Alabama as his college of choice. He announced he would join the Crimson Tide at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at Escambia High School where he donned a houndstooth hat to punctuate his choice.

Richardson is considered one of the best running backs in the country as ESPN, Rivals and Scout rank him highly. Richardson was ranked the top running back by ESPN, the second best running back by Rivals and the second best running back by Scout.

Richardson is 5’11”, 220 lbs. and runs a 4.5 in the 40.

According to ESPN, “Richardson has the strength to pound between the tackles and the perimeter speed to turn the corner and go the distance. He possesses great size: a compact, thick frame and very good upper- and lower-body strength. Can be a durable high-carry college back who can wear down a defense. He’s a violent runner with great slashing, one-cut ability.” (You can read more of ESPN’s evaluation at the above link.)

Richardson committed to Alabama during the summer, but took visits to SEC rivals like Florida and LSU. The Richardson sweepstakes picked up during the last three weeks with Florida’s Urban Meyer spending six hours wooing the recruit. Rumors swirled throughout the last week with Florida, LSU and Alabama each leading depending on the day of the week.