Sheldon Richardson, a mammoth defensive tackle prospect originally signed with Missouri in the 2009 class. He was the 4th ranked player in the nation, a five-star recruit and the #1 defensive tackle, a huge pickup for the Tigers. But Richardson didn’t make the grade and was forced to enroll at the the College of the Sequoias.
After a successful season there in which Richardson posted 65 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 3 sacks, many assumed he would be headed to his original destination, Missouri.
But Richardson saw Missouri stumble towards the end of last season, including their bowl loss to Navy. He visited USC and saw their tradition and history of sending players to the NFL, and decided to switch his commitment to the Trojans. With Monte Kiffin as his defensive coordinator, Richardson felt he would have a better chance of making it to the NFL early.
Is the saga for Richardson over though? It remains unclear if his commitment to the Trojans will stick, as Sheldon reportedly will still visit Miami, California and Arizona State. Regardless of where he signs though, one team will be gaining an excellent addition to their defensive front.