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Highly-Touted Mizzou Recruit Taking JUCO Route

As he was the #4 rated player at any position in the entire nation by Rivals.com, the whole of Missouri Nation let out a collective sigh of relief when heavily-recruited in-state player Sheldon Richardson chose the Tigers — barely — over Miami of Florida this past February.Now, though, those sighs of relief have turned into yet another round of anticipation.  And, perhaps, another round of recruiting.According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Richardson failed to qualify academically and will attend a California junior college for the next two seasons in order to get his grades in order.  In order to maximize his eligibility at Missouri, the paper reports, Richardson will redshirt this season before playing the College of the Sequoias in 2010.Richardson said he worked on this plan of attack with the Missouri football program, and has every intention of honoring his commitment to the university.”I’m not opening up my recruiting: It’s still Mizzou,” the defensive end/tight end told the paper. “It’s going to hold up. Me and (assistant coach Cornell) Ford and (head coach) Gary Pinkel and Coach (Curtis) Allen (in California) planned a year-and-a-half and then I’ll be back.”Of course, it’s very easy to say what one intends to do nearly two years from now.  It’s quite another, however, to follow through on said actions.Especially when said player, when asked how close he was to signing with the Hurricanes this past February 4, told the reporter that it was “fifty-fifty. It was up in the air.”

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