Former Ryan standout, A&M linebacker Jordan Richmond transfers to UNT

Former Ryan linebacker Jordan Richmond (20) celebrates and scoring a touchdown against Mesquite during the 2011 season at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Jordan Richmond, a former Denton Ryan standout who began his career at Texas A&M, has transferred to UNT. Richmond has been added to the Mean Green’s official roster. A UNT source confirmed he is now a member of the team.

Richmond was a standout outside linebacker with the Raiders and was ranked among the top players at his position nationally his senior season.

Richmond never carved out a major role with the Aggies and ran into some off-the-field trouble in College Station.

Richmond will get a second chance at UNT, back in a town where he was a standout on the high school level. He will sit out the upcoming season as a transfer. He did not play his freshman season at A&M and could have as many as two years of eligibility when he begins his career at UNT.

The addition of Richmond continues a trend of former local standouts transferring home to play for the Mean Green after beginning their careers at other schools.

Former Guyer standout defensive lineman Dan Kottman transferred to UNT from San Diego State this off-season and is expected to join the Mean Green for spring practice.

UNT also recently added Sam Rice, an offensive lineman who played two seasons at SMU and started six games last season for the Mustangs.

Richmond could fit in well at UNT, which lost outside linebacker Will Wright to graduation after last season. Derek Akunne, the Mean Green’s other outside linebacker last season, will be a senior this fall.

Richmond is a high-level prospect, who could make a big impact down the line for UNT if he can regain the form that made him one of the top outside linebackers in the Class of 2012. Rivals.com had Richmond rated No. 26 at his position as a senior.

Former Buffalo linebacker Blake Bean, a Butler County (Kan.) College product, has also transferred to UNT. Bean finished with 56 tackles last season.

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