Posted by Tom Fornelli
Sheldon Richardson was considered one of the top recruits in the country when he signed with Missouri in 2009. The defensive tackle out of Gateway Tech in St. Louis was considered a five-star prospect by Rivals, and was rated as the fourth-best prospect in the country, so when he signed with Missouri it was a big deal for the Tigers program.
Unfortunately Richardson never played a down for Missouri as he was never able to get eligible academically, and transferred to a junior college. After playing in the juco ranks for a while, Richardson then changed his commitment to USC before eventually recommiting to Missouri last December.
Now it seems that 30 months after he initially signed with Missouri, he will finally get a chance to put on the Missouri uniform and play a down of football. The Tigers announced on Wednesday that Richardson is finally eligible to play and he participated in team meeting and the team photo.
Of course, just because he's eligible doesn't mean Richardson is going to jump right into Missouri's defensive line rotation. Hyped recruit or not, Richardson is still going to have to perform in practice if he plans on taking the starting spot of either Terrell Resonno or Dominique Hamilton.
Richardson will also have to make sure he remains eligible to play. Becoming academically eligible is one battle, staying eligible is another.