While it's true Menchville High's Clifton Richardson was in Charlottesville on Saturday, and he liked what he saw and heard, his father said he's not yet a firm commitment to the Cavaliers.
Richardson's father, Clifton, Sr., said his son has made a "soft commitment" to U.Va., but the final decision hasn't been made. Clifton, Jr., a 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior, was in attendance Saturday at U.Va.'s men's basketball game against Maryland.
"He didn't commit," Richardson Sr. said. "He's a soft commitment. He said he's interested in going there, but he didn't commit yet. We're going to sit down and talk about what he's going to do."
Though Internet reports indicated Saturday that Richardson Jr. had made a firm commitment to U.Va., his father refuted those reports. Richardson Jr. couldn't be reached for comment.
Last season, Richardson Jr. had 1,268 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with 118 receiving yards. His father said he believes U.Va. is recruiting his son as a running back. Other schools have recruited him as a wide receiver.
Richardson Jr. said in early February his top-five list of schools included U.Va., Virginia Tech, Maryland, West Virginia and Miami. All five programs have offered him. He's considered by most recruiting analysts to be one of the top 10 rising senior recruits in the state of Virginia.
"He was talking to (U.Va.'s coaches) and he said he likes Virginia, but he didn't commit yet," Richardson Sr. said. "If I could predict the future, I'd say he'll go to U.Va."