02.04.2009 11:24 am
Sheldon Richardson decides to sign with Missouri
By: Reid Laymance
Sheldon Richardson, one of the key pieces to Missouriâ€™s recruiting class, is sticking with the Tigers he said this morning.
â€œIt was an emotional decision,â€ Richardson said. â€œBut this is best for everybody.â€
Richardson, a defensive end/tight end at Gateway Tech, had committed to the Tigers in June but as other schools continued recruiting him, the suspense built. He visited Miami last weekend and was down to the Tigers and â€˜Canes.
â€œIâ€™m not a recruit anymore,â€ he told Post-Dispatch correspondent Gerry Fraley. â€œIâ€™m just a regular freshman now.â€
Heâ€™s as regular as any 6-4, 290-pound football player can be. Although he talked a lot during the process about wanting to play tight end, Richardson (6-4, 290) was ranked highest as a defensive lineman. Rivals.com had him as the No. 1 defensive tackle in the country and No. 4 prospect overall. ESPN.Com had him at No. 8.
Richardson, who is currently listed by Missouri as a defensive lineman, said he will go to Columbia with the idea of playing both offense and defense. He said he brought up the idea with Missouri coaches during the recruiting process and they didnâ€™t say no.
Richardson, however, has yet to be cleared academically by the NCAA Clearinghouse, but has time to take the ACT test again.
He said he is two points shy and will be taking it again in another week. â€œIâ€™ll keep taking it all summer if I have to,â€ Richardson said.
Earlier in the day, Miami signed another nationally ranked tight end in Billy Sanders from Utah, so that could have played a role in Richardsonâ€™s decision.
His signing gives Missouri 25 for this class.
The list of top recruits is pretty impressive. Have to feel good about the next few years for Tiger football.. Although I still think this next season will be a bit of a rebuilder.