Richardson: 'I have made some bad decisions'

COLUMBIA, S.C. --A highly touted South Carolina recruit charged with marijuana possession said Monday that he has "made some bad decisions recently."

Quintin Richardson, an offensive lineman, was arrested Friday when deputies responding to an apartment complex shooting found marijuana in his pocket, authorities said. He was released from jail a day later.

It was the same apartment complex where the 6-foot-4, 276-pound incoming freshman was stabbed during a fight June 24. Ross Montgomery Grant, 19, has been charged in the stabbing but has said he acted in self defense.

Richardson, 18, said in a statement issued by his attorney, Neal Lourie, that he needs to turn his life around.

"I have made some bad decisions recently. I am truly sorry," Richardson said in the statement. "This is not the person I want to be and it is not how I want my community to view me."

Richardson has been suspended from the Gamecocks. He was among the top recruits in South Carolina's incoming class, which was ranked in the top 10 by many recruiting experts.

"I have to move forward and concentrate on improving myself, going to school and hopefully playing football," Richardson said in the statement.

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