96 Steven Richardson  
Steven Richardson

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Chicago, Ill.

High School:
Mt. Carmel HS

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 291

Position:
DT

Major:
Undeclared


OVERVIEW: Ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and Scout, while ESPN gave him two stars • Rivals lists him as the No. 37 player in Illinois, while 247Sports has him at No. 46 and ESPN has him at No. 57 • Scout ranks him as the No. 63 defensive tackle in the nation, while 247Sports has him at No. 89.

ESPN ANALYSIS: Compact and thickly-built interior player • displays good playing strength, especially in his lower body • good first step quickness and explosiveness • stout presence that can be tough to move off the ball • uses his stature to his advantage to fire out low and gain leverage and uncoil at contact and anchor • brings his hands and flashes enough raw strength to fight free at times • can generate some push into the pocket with a bull rush with his ability to get under a blocker's pads • active and physical player who will battle in the trenches • will pursue to the ball with proper angles • tough to move as an interior defensive lineman and can clog things up and help defend the run.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attends Mount Carmel High School in Chicago • won back-to-back state titles, starting with the Class 8A championship in 2012 • the Caravan posted a 13-1 record en route to the 2013 Class 7A state title • tallied two sacks during the championship game, and helped Mount Carmel's defense hold its opponent to 71 yards of offense • anchored a defense that notched six shutouts and allowed more than 10 points in only four games • made 64 tackles as a senior, which included 34 tackles-for-loss and 17 sacks • forced two fumbles and recovered one fumble.