Update 07/18/17: Missed season opener due to hamstring injury and his return is questionable. Head coach Mark Richt said he is working with the team and has gotten some reps but not competitive reps. He’s run some routes. Everything has been controlled, “We’re not sure on him…I’d say he’s questionable.”
Ahmmon Richards has great concentration, excellent ball skills and is dangerous after the catch. Richards blew up as a true freshman for the Hurricanes, as he led the team in receiving yards with 934 on 49 receptions in 11 starts. He has rare speed for his size and has been reported to have run a 4.31 forty yard dash during workouts last year and he also appears to have a 40+ inch vertical leap from his game footage against Notre Dame. Richards is a strong kid that that makes contested catches, he runs through contact and plays a real physical brand of ball. He locates the football extremely well and has a knack for making spectacular plays; behind the back grabs, one handed catches and he also reversed the field against the whole West Virginia defense for a score. Richards has pretty rare potential, with his dynamic speed and exceptional ball skills but he also has impressive strength as a runner with the ball in his hands. He can kill a defense in a variety of ways and should be in the first round conversation whenever he decides to enter the league.
2016 (True Freshman): Delivered dominant freshman season, starting 11 of 13 games and setting Miami freshman record for receiving yards…Earned Freshman All-America honors from ESPN, Football Writers Association of America, 247Sports and Pro Football Focus…Led team with 934 receiving yards and ranked second with 49 receptions…Finished with three touchdown receptions and averaged 19.1 yards per catch…934 receiving yards led all freshmen nationally, and were sixth-most in single season in UM history…Started season opener against Florida A&M (Sept. 3) and hauled in two passes for 31 yards…Caught first touchdown pass of career vs. Rattlers on 15-yard reception in third quarter…Made second straight start against FAU (Sept. 10) and caught three passes totaling 30 yards…Recorded long catch of 13 yards against Owls…Exploded for 142 yards on four receptions in road win over Appalachian State (Sept. 17)…Caught two passes longer than 60 yards against Mountaineers, including career-long reception of 62…Started and totaled 43 yards on two catches against Georgia Tech (Oct. 1)…Recorded four catches for 58 yards in start against Florida State (Oct. 8)…Had 55 yards on two catches, including 30-yard reception, in start against North Carolina (Oct. 15)…Led team with 78 receiving yards in start at Virginia Tech (Oct. 20)…Caught three passes against Hokies, including long catch of 39 yards…Started and caught three passes totaling 51 yards, including long catch of 24 yards, at Notre Dame (Oct. 29)…Bested own UM true freshman record set in Week 3 with 144-yard performance in win over Pittsburgh (Nov. 5)…Caught eight passes against Panthers, with long catch of 41 yards…Recorded third 100-yard game of career in win at Virginia (Nov. 12)…Caught three passes for 100 yards, including career-long 77-yard touchdown, in start against Cavaliers…Broke Michael Irvin’s 31-year-old freshman receiving record with 117 yards in win at NC State (Nov. 19)…Caught career-high nine passes against Wolfpack…Totaled 17 yards on three receptions in regular season finale win over Duke (Nov. 26)…Started and caught three passes for game-high 68 yards, including 51-yard touchdown, in Russell Athletic Bowl victory over West Virginia (Dec. 28).
High School: Earned consensus four-star ranking by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports…Competed in 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl…Rated as 148th-ranked player in the nation, 28th-best receiver and 23rd in-state prospect, according to 247Sports Composite Ratings…Registered 1,278 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns on 73 catches senior year…Finished with 2,722 yards, 39 touchdowns and 144 grabs in three-year high school stretch…Chose Miami over offers from Auburn, Tennessee and Alabama.