DETROIT -- Everything that 2012 defensive back Terry Richardson (Detroit/Cass Tech) had done in his football career up until this year had been validated. He received offers from the biggest programs in the country, committed to the University of Michigan, and was now accepting his invitation to play in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 5.
It was part of the 80-stop American Family Insurance presents the Under Armour All-America Game selection tour. Richardson's parents were in attendance and reflected on what got him here, and when he started playing football at the ripe age of 8 for the Westside Cubs city team.
"I was the one that got him into football, his dad didn't want him to play," his mom, Linda, said. "But I'm not surprised that he's here, though."
Terry Sr. has since warmed up to the idea of Richardson playing football, obviously. The family will be in St. Petersburg, Fla., to watch their son in action in January as he takes on some of the best talent in the country.
This will be the biggest stage for their son to play on so far in his career, and they're excited about what opportunities are ahead of him.
"I'm ready for him to be up at Michigan and play at Michigan," his dad said. "It all happened kind of fast, but we're happy that he found the right place for him."
Richardson is the first player from his high school to play in the Under Armour All-America Game. He said he's honored and excited to participate in the game, but is also using this experience as a way to show his younger teammates what they can achieve.
"It was the same thing with us. We watched everybody grow up and get their All-America invites," he said. "Royce [Jenkins-Stone] and I made it and got ours."
Richardson is looking forward to having some fun in Florida, but isn't looking past the fact this is also a learning experience. He will make sure he makes the most out of the competition and coaching provided to him. More importantly, he'll show everyone on national television why he belongs on that big stage.
Tom VanHaaren has covered Michigan recruiting since 2008. He can be reached at TomVHESPN@gmail.com or on Twitter @TomVH.