Football: Ex-Ryan standout returns home

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Jordan Richmond, a former Ryan standout who began his career at Texas A&M, has transferred to North Texas.

A source close to the situation confirmed Wednesday morning that Richmond has enrolled at UNT, which has added him to its online roster.

Former Buffalo linebacker Blake Bean has also joined the Mean Green.

Richmond was a two-time honorable mention all-state selection at Ryan and was ranked among the top linebacker prospects in the country in the class of 2012. Rivals.com ranked Richmond No. 26 on its list of the top outside linebacker prospects in the class.

Richmond signed with Texas A&M but never found a role with the Aggies and was suspended in December 2012 after being arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Texas A&M spokesman Alan Cannon said Richmond was not on A&M’s roster last season.

Richmond will get a second chance to play at the college level at UNT in his hometown.

Richmond (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) was part of a loaded Raiders defense that also included defensive end Mario Edwards and fellow linebacker Alex De La Torre.

Edwards was ranked as the top recruit in the country by ESPN.com in the class of 2012 and was part of Florida State’s national championship team last season, when De La Torre played for Texas.

Richmond could bolster a defense that was one of the Mean Green’s strengths last season. UNT finished 9-4 and ranked eighth nationally following the bowl season with an average of 17.8 points a game.

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 offseason and is expected to join the Mean Green for spring practice.

UNT also recently added Sam Rice, an offensive lineman from Coppell who played two seasons at SMU and started six games in 2013.

Bean (6-1, 232) signed with Buffalo out of Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., and finished with 56 tackles last season.

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 and via Twitter at @brettvito.


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