Name: Tyrell Richards
Year: (Redshirt) Freshman
Hometown: Brampton, Ont., Canada
High School: Clarkson Secondary
2017 Stats: Richards redshirted for the Syracuse Orange last year, so no stats available.
2018 Projections: The early spring depth chart had him as the back-up strongside linebacker to Kielan Whitner right now, so he’s definitely going to see snaps this year. Given that Whitner is a senior and converting over from safety, that should give him a leg-up for the starting role. But Richards will be ready to jump in should something change.
How’d He Get Here: The Ontario product received an offer and camped down at Syracuse last year, then committed soon after in June of 2016. Buffalo was the only other school to throw an offer out there..
What’d Recruiting Sites Say: The 247Sports composite rankings said three stars, and he was one of the five best players out of Canada for 2017. Not too shabby.
Money Quote: According to his high school coach (Larry Jusdanis), who spoke with Syracuse.com:
“They think Tyrell will be an NFL player. They think Tyrell’s a four star that no one really knows about.”
Let’s hope they’re right on both.
Twitter feed: @richardstyrell
Tweets of Wonder: Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey noticed Richards’s upside a year ago, as the then-true frosh stood out among the linebackers in practice.
One freshman who looks physically ready: Canadian LB Tyrell Richards. Dude has a frame. Another who has impressed early: WR Nykeim Johnson— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) July 19, 2017
What movie would Dino recommend for him?: Denise Richards was in 1997’s “Starship Troppers,” but the only reason this one could potentially be relevant is the shared last name. Or maybe Dino sees Tyrell as a potential future Space Force lieutenant?
Interesting Nugget O’Interest: As mentioned above, Richards was regarded very well among Canadian recruits, and his country’s football federation agreed. In 2016, he was named to the under-19 team for Canada at the American Football World Championships.
Let’s Get a Good Look Atcha: Roll those high school highlights!