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JUCO verbal ditches USC for Mizzou

Sheldon Richardson

For well over a month, and after flipping his original verbal, junior college standout Sheldon Richardson had been a “solid” verbal commitment for Lane Kiffin and USC.

Today, on national signing day for JUCO players, we learn exactly why the “non-binding” qualifier should be added anytime anyone discusses the verbal commitment of a player.

In a press release issued by the school this afternoon, Missouri announced the defensive lineman has signed a letter of intent and will play for the Tigers in 2011.  Provided his academic house is in order, Richardson should enroll at Mizzou in January and participate in spring practice.

Richardson, who spent the past two seasons at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif., was rated as the No. 3 JUCO player in the country at any position by Rivals.com.  The 6-4, 290-pounder was originally a member of Mizzou’s 2009 recruiting class and played in the U.S. Army All-American Game, but academic issues forced him to take the JUCO route.

In addition to Missouri and USC, other schools such as Auburn, Arkansas and Miami (Fla.) had also heavily recruited the lineman.

Richardson’s decision continued a rough last couple of days for the Trojans personnel-wise; Tuesday, it was reported that offensive tackle Tyron Smith and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey had decided to forego their final  season of eligibility and make themselves available for the April NFL draft.

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5 Responses to “JUCO verbal ditches USC for Mizzou”
  1. soflatrojan says: Dec 15, 2010 3:50 PM

    After watching the 30 for 30 on SMU this makes perfect sense. Actually he was a long time Mizzou commit who flipped to USC a couple weeks ago and now flipped back. Nice pick up for Mizzou.

    Solid commit is a bit of a reach he was committed to Mizzou for a few years prior to USC. George Farmer is a solid commit.

  2. iamalwayscorrect says: Dec 15, 2010 4:41 PM

    Go Mizzou

  3. gatorfan1 says: Dec 15, 2010 5:15 PM

    No doubt when he called Kiffin to let him know, Kiffin told the kid “he will end up pumping gas for a living”…just like Alshon Jeffries…Lol….

    Nice call Kiffin!!!

  4. seamaster7117 says: Dec 16, 2010 1:00 PM

    a couple of unproductive years through the bowl bans and loss of scholarships and either Jeff Fisher or Jack Del Rio will be able to take over the reins from Lame Kitten and he will be shunned all the way down to the FCS ranks….Hey Lame, I hear Miami, (OH) needs a coach…oh, I’m sorry all you fine people in Ohio, I didn’t mean to insult you by suggesting the worst coach in college football….

  5. coachroy says: Dec 16, 2010 1:28 PM

    Richardson is not a Trojan! Maybe he can redeem himself and re-commit. Running out of the tunnel at the Coliseum is a far cry from a lot of other programs and stadiums.

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