Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sheldon Richardson

Jr., DL, 6-4, 290, St. Louis, Mo. (Gateway Tech HS/College of the Sequoias)

One of the most highly-coveted athletes to come out of the state of Missouri in recent years, who will return to his home state after a two-year stop at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif. … Is ranked by as the No. 3 junior college prospect in the nation at any postion, even after he was redshirted in 2010 due to a wrist injury (he’ll have three years to play three at the Div. I level) … Was a dominant defensive lineman and tight end at St. Louis’ Gateway Tech High School, where he was ranked by as the No. 4 overall player (any position) in the nation, as well as being the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in the country by several national outlets … Also checked in as the No. 1 overall player (any position) in the state of Missouri, and originally signed with Mizzou as part of the 2009 signing class, before going the junior college route … Following the conclusion of his prep career, played in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas, where he made big impressions with his play in practice and the game, where he had a sack, and added a quarterback hurry and a tackle for loss as a defensive tackle … Was named as a 2008 EA Sports 1st-Team All-American after a senior season at Gateway Tech which included 88 tackles and 19 sacks, while adding 7 fumble recoveries, 5 forced fumbles and 1 interception … Scored 6 defensive touchdowns on the year, as well, while adding 27 receptions for 541 yards and 8 touchdowns at the tight end position … An outstanding overall athlete, also lettered in basketball and baseball as well as participating in track … Junior college coach – Curtis Allen … High school coach – Melvin Walls … Parents – Michael & Zelda Richardson … Is interested in studying real estate business at Mizzou, and chose the Tigers over a slew of nationally-prominent programs, just a few of which included USC, Auburn, Arkansas, and Miami, Fla., among many others.