Richardson gaining strength, excited to start career

Daughtry Richardson is back home. The Florida State offensive lineman grew up in Tallahassee and played his first two seasons at Godby High before moving south to finish up school at Miami Central.

“Tallahassee is home to me,” Richardson said. “That is where I was born and raised. So it is good being back up here, being a ‘Nole, and playing for Florida State. It is definitely good being up here.”

Richardson committed to FSU in July and signed in December, passing up offers from other schools (and an opportunity to play at Miami) to enroll early. The Hurricanes hired Mario Cristobal as head coach on Dec. 6, but by that point Richardson had built a connection with FSU’s coaching staff.

“I’ve got to say the biggest differences was the relationship that I had with the coaches,” Richardson said. “I had a strong relationship with the FSU coaching staff for a long time because they were recruiting me. I had a good relationship with the Miami staff. But I felt like Florida State was home, which it is home because I grew up here and I dreamed of being a ’Nole. The relationships that I have with the FSU coaches, it was great. So it was like why not?”

Like many of the offensive linemen from prior years or this recruiting cycle, Alex Atkins’ blunt assessment of what they have shown on tape but also his time in getting to know them better as a person made a big impression.

“Coach Atkins is one of the realest o-line coaches I ever spoke to,” Richardson said. “One of the realest o-line coaches that ever spoke facts to me when it came to the recruitment process. Coach Atkins has always been real throughout the recruiting process and he’s always kept it real with me regardless. He never told me a lie. He was always truthful. He guided me like he was my mentor. He showed me the right path, never go down the wrong path. Now that he’s my coach, he’s pushing me to be better every single day. So that is what I love about him.”

A four-star offensive tackle who was considered among the top 50 in the nation in the 2022 class, Richardson was announced at 285 pounds by FSU in December and said he would like to add on 15 pounds through the program’s offseason strength and conditioning program.

“I believe in Coach (Josh) Storms and I believe in the nutritional staff,” Richardson said. “What he is doing to my body is great. I’m gaining weight like crazy. I’m able to move with my weight. I feel comfortable with my weight. I feel good with my weight. It is still lean weight, so there is going to be a lot of mass on me. He’s definitely going to get me to where I need to be for spring.”

Richardson joins what is an offensive line room now crowded with experience. He admits to the obvious — he’s still 17 and it’s tough to line up and compete with an against “grown men that fast.”

“I would say that there is no pressure at all,” Richardson said. “I’m a young offensive tackle, I’m still learning. … So being able to learn the playbook early, come in and get stronger, faster, quicker, bigger, everything. There is no pressure at all. But I am definitely learning. I’m definitely going to be out there.”