Sheldon Richardson, regarded by rivals.com as the no. 4 overall player in the nation coming out of high school, will not suit up for Missouri this fall
Some things in life are worth waiting for. That is the hope for Gary Pinkel and the rest of the Missouri football program following the news that the most heralded recruit in program history will not make it to campus this fall.
Sheldon Richardson, a freaky-good athlete out of Gateway Tech in St. Louis will be heading for a California Junior College to get his grades in order instead. However, for those fans worrying he may re-open his recruiting, Richardson’s facebook.com status should alleviate some of those fears.
“Sheldon Richardson is bout 2 leave 4 cali yea cali its cool i didnt make str8 2 mizzou,” Richardson wrote on the social networking site. “ima keep my head up like a nose bleed sorry mizzou fans gotta wait a lil while longer but i promise wen i get there we wil b on top n 4 u KU FANS DISSIN ME YALL GOIN SEE ME REAL SOON I PROMISE WHILE IM THERE WE WONT LOSE 2 YALL WACK AZZ R TEXAS R OKALAHOMA YEA I TALK BIG SHIT N I BACK DAT SHIT UP 2 M..I..Z.. GOTTA PROBLEM LET ME KNO HOEZ.”
He talks a big game but after all the accolades he has received in the past few months it is easy to see why. Richardson received scholarship offers from Missouri, Miami (FL), Florida, Oklahoma, Minnesota, USC and Tennessee among others. He was named to the U.S. Army All American team. He is listed as the best defensive line prospect in the nation and the fourth best prospect overall. Richardson, a 6’4” 294 lb., athletic specimen has a 40-yard dash time listed at 4.7 seconds. He even returned kicks in high school.
However, Missouri will have to wait. Most players who attend junior college typically do so for two years. Richardson on the other hand, is planning to enroll for classes this summer, take a full year of school during the traditional school year and then finish up next summer in an effort to make it campus by next fall. He talks a big game. Only time will tell if he can back it up. Mizzou fans, let’s hope so.