Milan Richard's ties to the Georgia Bulldogs are, to put it mildly, deep.
Milan Richard claims six offers already.
His mom ran track at the school. So did his father.
And of course, his uncle happens to be Georgia football legend Herschel Junior Walker, who not only won a Heisman Trophy in college but helped lead the program to its most recent national title.
"He's my mom's brother," Richard said.
Because of his strong Bulldog connections, many have speculated that Richard, a 2014 four-star tight end at Savannah (Ga.) Calvary Day School, also will end up going to college in Athens, Ga. But while Georgia, which offered in July, is a program Richard admittedly likes a lot, he isn't ready to come out and name a leader or even a list of favorite schools.
"The people who don't know me, assume that I'm going there," Richard said. "The people that have asked me questions and know my family well, know in the end it will be my decision and I'll go where is best. I'm far from making my commitment."
This Saturday, the 6-feet-3, 230-pound Richard will attend the Bulldogs' home game against archival Tennessee. It is his first trip to Athens this fall, but according to Richard he has been to "at least four or five" games there that he can recall.
"I have a great relationship with all their coaches," Richard said. "I love the atmosphere on game day."
Saturday's visit will be Richard's second to a college campus this fall.
"I was at South Carolina when they played UAB," Richard said. "I loved everything I saw. I got to know a lot more about the academic part and I really liked the atmosphere. I like the whole Sandstorm thing. I think it's pretty cool. I've just got to learn more about the school part."
Who else will Richard visit this year?
"I'm definitely going to go to N.C. State and Vandy," Richard said. "I just love the coaching staff at Vanderbilt. I have a great relationship with [assistant Charles] Bankins. He's the tight ends coach. And I like Coach [Brent] Pry. He's the linebacker coach, but he recruits my area. They were the first to offer me, so I have a little more incentive to go check them out. N.C. State offered me second, right after their camp. Coach [Des] Kitchings recruits my area. He's also the tight ends coach. I have a great relationship with them. He was at our game last Friday."
Currently, Richard has six offers.
Since Sept. 1, the day colleges could begin contacting 2014 prospects via mail or online, several schools have reached out to him.
"I get a lot of pictures and stuff from Alabama every day," Richard said. "They send me pictures of the trophies, Mark Ingram, future guys and their rings. Stuff like that. Clemson has been hot the last few days. Vandy, too. Really, all those schools that offered as well."
According to Richard, it may be awhile before he names a favorite.
"I don't think it's fair for me to rank a school when I haven't seen everybody," Richard said. "Georgia will just be my second game of the year. I'll send out my rankings later in the season, or maybe even next summer. After I go to a game or two at each place, I may be able to rank the schools."