Tiger commitment officially off the market

It's official, longtime Missouri commitment Sheldon Richardson is off the recruiting market. "I'm officially done with recruiting," Richardson told InsideMizzou.com Sunday afternoon. "I'm going to stay home and be a difference maker for the University of Missouri." Go inside this free read to see how Gary Pinkel reacted to the news.

It's official, longtime Missouri commitment Sheldon Richardson is off the recruiting market.

"I'm officially done with recruiting," Richardson told InsideMizzou.com Sunday afternoon. "I'm going to stay home and be a difference maker for the University of Missouri. This is already becoming a national powerhouse team, I want to be one of the reasons we bring a national championship to Columbia, and I believe we will during my time as a Tiger."

How did the news affect Gary Pinkel and the rest of the Missouri Tigers?

"Coach Pinkel got teary eyed," Richardson said. "The players were really excited about my final decision."

One of the first things the Scout.com four star prospect from St. Louis Missouri did Sunday afternoon was to call the other coaches that have been recruiting him.

"I either called or texted all of them and told them thanks but no thanks, I'm staying home to play for my Tigers," Richardson said. "I told them I wasn't taking any other visits or any other calls, I'm done."

Richardson realized over the weekend during his official visit that it was going to be good to stay close to home.

"The players and coaches really made me feel like part of the family already," Richardson said. "The visit was great; I had a lot of fun. I got the opportunity to get to know my future teammates."

Richardson, ranked as the No. 7 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com, said Sunday that he will probably play on the defensive side of the ball at Missouri.

"Coach told me that they would give me a look at tight end if I wanted to," Richardson said. "We will have to see, I'm just very happy about my decision. I realized this weekend that Missouri is where I belong."

Which position Richardson ultimately plays wasn't a deciding factor and he states that Missouri has a lot going for it. "It's close to home," he said. "And I know I'd be able to go in and play early there.

"Plus, I'm already friends with a lot of guys on the team," he said. "I'm cool with most of them and have known some of them for a while. Guys like (freshman wide receiver) Wes Kemp, (freshman defensive back) Robert Steeples, (freshman quarterback) Blaine Gabbert and (sophomore wide receiver) Jeremy Maclin are fun to hang out with and be around. I'm pretty tight with them. We all had a great time together this weekend."


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