Cordarrian Richardson signs with UCF, not Maryland

Something weird happens every year on National Signing Day.

Sometimes it’s a fax machine that doesn’t work or sometimes a recruit flips from one rival school to another.

And sometimes a recruit commits to a school he never visited and never formally recruited him — from space — and then signs with another school about 1,000 miles away 24 hours later.

That’s what the No. 8 running back in the nation, four-star Cordarrian Richardson, did.

Richardson was predicted to choose Ole Miss on signing day.

He originally committed to Clemson on March 6, 2016, but reopened his recruitment on Dec. 23. He took official visits to Central Florida, Ole Miss and Rutgers on consecutive weekends in January 2017. Maryland was never in the picture — until National Signing Day.

At the end of the day, Richardson was the only Maryland commit who hadn’t signed yet, which was odd — but so was the rest of his commitment.

Twenty-four hours after his first surprise, Richardson surprised the recruiting world again, signing with Central Florida instead of Maryland.

It is not entirely clear why Richardson didn’t sign with the Terps, but he reportedly had academic issues.

Central Florida visits College Park on Sept. 23.

Jared Goldstein

Jared Goldstein

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Jared is a Recruiting Writer and a member of the Audio Team for The Left Bench. He studies broadcast journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism and is set to graduate in the spring of 2019. Jared has basically been a Terp his whole life, as both his parents, a couple uncles, an aunt, and a cousin all went to Maryland as well.
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Jared is a Recruiting Writer and a member of the Audio Team for The Left Bench. He studies broadcast journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism and is set to graduate in the spring of 2019. Jared has basically been a Terp his whole life, as both his parents, a couple uncles, an aunt, and a cousin all went to Maryland as well.