March 17, 2008
Richardson visits Columbia
Last June, Gateway Tech defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson became the first member of Missouri's class of 2009. This past weekend, Richardson joined several other members of the class of 2009 as he took in Missouri's third spring practice.
Richardson said it was a good time for him to understand how a practice would work at Missouri and he said that he had a good time talking with his recruiter from the Tigers, Cornell Ford, even if the conversation was more joking than serious.
Richardson alluded to his friendship with SLUH running back Ronnie Wingo. The two attended the practice together and Richardson said he enjoyed watching with his friend, and while the two talked recruiting quite a bit, he didn't want to put any extra pressure on the talented running back.
Wingo was not the only member of the 2009 class Richardson got to speak with while on campus. He said it was fun talking with two other St. Louis recruits and it much like his talks with the Missouri coach, it was a very light mood in the conversation.
Richardson said that it was always nice coming back to Columbia, but this was one of the first times he had gotten the chance to really look at some of the facilities the Tigers had. He said that he was impressed with what was already in place and he had to ask Coach Ford a fairly reasonable question.
Richardson said that since committing, he had heard from one of Missouri's commits for 2008, Andrew Jones. The two had gotten to know each other a little bit and he said that he understood that in some way, he had to play a bit of Jones' role in 2008 with the other members of 2009.
Richardson said that his last trip before this past weekend was far too long ago, but joked that with his next visit to town so close, the coaches might get sick of him and ask him to space his visits out just a little bit.
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