Former Ryan coach Joey Florence: Richmond could be impact player

Former Denton Ryan linebacker Jordan Richmond runs the ball as Sulphur Springs linebacker Dedric Smith tries to tackle him. Richmond recently enrolled at North Texas. Former Ryan head coach and current Denton ISD athletic director Joey Florence believes Richmond, a former Texas A&M signee, has the potential to develop into an impact player for the Mean Green. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

UNT picked up former Texas A&M linebacker and Denton Ryan standout Jordan Richmond a few days ago, a move we discussed on the blog.

Quick review — Richmond was a high-end talent on a loaded Ryan defense, signed with A&M, got into some legal hot water and then left the school.

After doing some asking around, the story is Richmond sat out a semester after leaving College Station to decide what he wanted to do and if he wanted to continue to play.

Richmond will try to revive his career at UNT.

Joey Florence, who recently took over as the athletic director at the Denton Independent School District, coached Richmond in high school and believes UNT has potentially added an impact player.

And believe me, if there is anyone who would know, it’s Florence.

Florence was one of the top coaches in the state for years and cranked out star defensive players who signed at at top-level schools nationally on an annual basis. Florence knows talent and thinks Richmond could end up being a key player for UNT.

“He’s a great player and will make a huge impact if everything goes well,” Florence said, “He is one of the best I have coached as far as talent goes. He needs to make good choices. Everyone is good in college. You have to go and compete. If he does that, he will be a great asset for North Texas.”

Richmond is the second DISD player to transfer to UNT in the last few months. Former Guyer defensive lineman Dan Kottman transferred from San Diego State.

UNT has long tried to build a pipeline to the Denton talent base that is arguably one of the best in the state. Landing a couple of local players as transfers, the success the Mean Green has enjoyed on the field and the investment the school has made in the program could help UNT reach that goal.

UNT finished 9-4 and beat UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl last season.

“There is a different atmosphere over there,” Florence said of UNT. “It starts with [UNT athletic director] Rick Villarreal. People are taking notice of what is going on over there.

“I’m excited about what they are doing.”

Florence believes that Richmond could be a big part of that future.

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