Flames Head Football Coach Turner Gill has announced that former Virginia running back Clifton Richardson will transfer to Liberty. Richardson has two years of athletic eligibility remaining and will be able to compete during the 2013 season.
"We are thrilled to have Clifton in our football program because of his character and his football ability," commented Gill about his newest running back. "He has tremendous power, above average elusiveness and outstanding speed as a running back."
Richardson has played the last two seasons for the Cavaliers, including 13 games as a true freshman in 2011 (20 total career games at Virginia). Richardson played in seven games during the 2012 season, as his time was partially limited due to a leg injury.
In two seasons, Richardson carried the ball 96 times for 425 yards, scoring two rushing touchdowns. He also had two career receptions (26 yards, one touchdown) and seven career kickoff returns (111 yards).
Richardson is a native of Newport News, Va., and was a standout athlete at Menchville High School. Out of high school, he was an ESPNU Top 150 prospect and a SuperPrep All-American. He was the No. 56 prospect on SI.com's Top 247Sports' Top 100 recruiting list and ranked as the No. 20 running back in the country by Rivals.com (No. 6 in the state).
The four-star rated prospect was a versatile athlete at Menchville, playing quarterback, running back, wide receiver, safety and kick returner.
He was a two-time first-team, All-Peninsula District selection and participated in the 2010 Offense-Defense All-America Bowl game.
He finished his last two seasons of high school football rushing for more than 1,000 yards, spotlighted by his junior year (1,268 yards and 11 touchdowns).
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