Kevonte Richardson knows about pressure.
As a freshman, Richardson was thrust into the spotlight after Millwood's starting quarterback went down in the Falcons' annual rivalry game against Douglass.
Richardson was called on to replace the injured Millwood quarterback.
"He was kind of scared," said teammate Josh Turner, who was also a freshman that year. "You could tell he was a freshman."
But Turner has plenty to add about his long-term teammate after that.
"As the years progressed, he grew up," Turner said. "He's a man now. He took all that responsibility that was thrown on him his freshman year and turned it into a positive."
Now, Richardson and Turner are Millwood's veteran leaders, having filled the gaps after a group that included Gerald Jones, Tramain Swindall and Gil Roberts departed with a state title the year before Richardson and Turner's group started.
And while Turner, who recently committed to Texas, has been making a lot of the recruiting buzz for Millwood lately, it was Richardson who started it all for this group.
Richardson has been on the radars of Division-I teams for four years, drawing his first offer just a handful of weeks after nervously entering the Soul Bowl.
And even though that attention came early, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Richardson tries to make sure he doesn't take it for granted.
He's seemed to do a solid job with that, adding offers from Missouri, Colorado, Kansas and Arizona among others since that first offer came from UNLV.
"There's no letdown," Richardson said. "I have to keep working hard. Everyday in the weight room, I have to keep working hard to keep getting bigger and stronger."
And while some schools still look at Richardson as a potential quarterback at the next level, most project him in the secondary, likely at the safety spot.
"Some schools want that typical drop-back quarterback that's 6-5, 225," Millwood assistant Kevin Cox said. "Kevonte is 6-2, 190 and that projects as a helluva safety to me. He runs well, jumps high. He's got a nasty streak in him when he lets it go.
"Safety is, in my opinion, the best fit for him, because he's played quarterback. He can sit back there and read the quarterback and it helps him react."
Cox said Richardson could also play receiver at the next level.
"He's just an incredible talent," Cox said.
Richardson accepts that he's likely in for a position switch.
"Once I saw that I was getting listed as an 'athlete,' I knew that a position change was coming," Richardson said. "It doesn't bother me at all."
Richardson had a solid showing at the TCU Nike Camp in Fort Worth earlier this summer and has been working on improving his defensive skills.
"It's mostly about my strength, getting bigger and technique right now," Richardson said. "My speed is already packed down, but I've got to keep working at getting stronger."