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Taylor Richardson pens NLI to play football at Benedict College
Taylor Richardson
Taylor Richardson on stage after his signing to Benedict College in Alcovy's auditorium. - photo by Phillip B. Hubbard

Alcovy’s Taylor Richardson signed his national letter of intent (NLI) on April 25, which made his eventual move to Benedict College official.

Richardson signed alongside five other teammates inside of Alcovy’s auditorium in a ceremony held by the Tigers. The senior sported a newly acquired Benedict jacket that he got on his visit to the campus.

After doing something that he did not think was possible at one point, Richardson shared his thoughts on the day.

“It feels great, at a younger age I didn’t expect to go to college, but this is great,” Richardson said. “

Richardson played defensive back for the Tigers, and ended his senior season as an honorable mention for Region 3-AAAAAA.

Reflecting on his time with the Tigers, Richardson felt like the program helped get him get into another gear as a player.

“They pushed me like no other,” Richardson said. “Even when I didn’t believe in myself, these coaches believed in me more than I believed in myself. They pushed me to keep going no matter what I’m going through.”

Along with Richardson, Maliq Eubanks and Lamarion Hammonds will also be going to Benedict College to play college football.

Eubanks and Hammonds signed their NLIs on the same stage with Richardson during the ceremony.

Outside of getting a chance to play football at the college level, Richardson is excited to get to work in the offseason and show Benedict College what kind of player he is.

“I have to put in the work day in, day out in the weight room,” Richardson said. “Get bigger, get faster and get stronger. That way, I can come out and make plays immediately — show them, that I am ready to play.”

Managing Editor Phillip B. Hubbard contributed to this article