Q&A with Nu'Keese Richardson

Signee says Kiffin controversy 'nothing big'

Nu'keese Richardson

Nu'keese Richardson

Nu’Keese Richardson hadn’t always planned on signing with Tennessee.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound wide receiver signed with UT on Feb. 4 after he switched his commitment from Florida.

Richardson wasn’t the only player to sign with UT after pledging to the Gators.

Athlete Marsalis Teague from Henry County High School in Paris, Tenn., also changed his mind on National Signing Day and signed with the Vols.

He and Teague plan to be roommates at UT.

Richardson looked back at the recruiting process and forward to his career at UT in the Q&A.

Q: What did you most enjoy about the recruiting process?

A: Basically just talking to the coaches and meeting the players. Seeing new things. It was great. I’m seeing coaches that have been in the (NFL) and been coaching for quite a while. I was kind of nervous but everything worked out and everything was good.

Q: What was the hardest part about the recruiting process?

A: I’d have to say the reporters with all the calls. It was kind of overwhelming but everything was all right. I didn’t mind doing it because I know that I’m going to have to do it eventually so everything’s good. It just came on. No one talked to me about it to tell me it was going to be like this. It was shocking to me.

Q: When did you know you would have a future playing football?

A: I’d say when I was around nine (years old). My uncle came and got me. I was always a basketball-type guy. He saw me one day playing sandlot in the backyard and took me to a little city recreation. It all started there. I was playing running back, quarterback, receiver, everything. He basically just kept me well grounded, and I just stuck to it and that’s where I’m at now. It just came natural.

Q: What’s your favorite part about playing football when you step onto the field?

A: Just going out there and competing and playing against the best. I’m a competitive guy that likes to compete. I like to see where I’m at. Being a receiver, knowing I can beat this guy and he’s a top prospect. That’s one of the reasons right there.

Q: What do you think the adjustment to college will be like?

A: It will be at a faster pace. The game’s faster — the crowd, the fans. It’s going to be real exciting. I know it will be crazy. You’ve got all the fans. It will be exciting.

Q: Who is your favorite athlete?

A: I have two — (New Orleans Saints running back) Reggie Bush and (Philadelphia Eagles receiver) DeSean Jackson. I’d say my game is similar to both of them. DeSean has the speed and quickness and also he’s small. He’s elusive. Reggie’s just exciting. He’s an exciting player overall. I try to make my game similar to those two guys.

Q: If I told you two years ago that you would play football for UT, what would you have said?

A: I wouldn’t have believed it. I would have been hearing you, but it probably would have gone out the other ear. I’d be like, “All right.” It would sound good.

Q: What are your goals at UT?

A: Basically my short-term is to get bigger, learn the plays and learn the game. Not try to do too much. Long-term is get my degree and work on my major. If God blesses me I’ll be able to go to the next level and take it from there.

Q: What has life been like at Pahokee since you signed with UT?

A: Actually everybody’s been showing me love, congratulating me on my decision. They’ve been happy for me overall.

Q: What do you think next year’s UT-Florida game will be like?

A: I know all the hype. They’re going to hype the game up. It’s going to be crazy. I know I committed to Florida, and me decommitting just like Marsalis Teague, we’ve become real good friends. We’re going to do our thing and make it happen. We’re just trying to get a room together (at Tennessee). We’re going to room up and take it from there.

Q: You were a key figure in the UT-Florida talk when coach Lane Kiffin said Florida coach Urban Meyer cheated to try to get you to choose Florida. What did you think when you saw all that attention?

A: I was shocked, first of all. I didn’t know what to expect. I was getting calls from family and friends. They were just letting me know. They were trying to see what was going on. At first I was kind of scared. I was like, “Uh, oh,” when my name popped up. It turned out to be nothing big. I just laughed it off. (The media) just made it bigger than it was.

Q: You probably didn’t mind getting your name mentioned all over ESPN, did you?

A: No, it was straight. It was nationwide so that was all right.

Q: Coach Kiffin has received a lot of national attention since then. What have you thought about it?

A: He’s doing it for a reason — everything. He’s just trying to let everybody know, “Don’t sleep on Tennessee. We’re coming.” We’re coming hard so don’t sleep on us.

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Comments » 98

bluetick writes:

Good interview finally. I like what he said about the calls from the media.. Yea I think that would piss me off. Asking stupid questions all the time. Just what we thought...it was made into a bigger deal than it was and everybody still loves him there in Pahokee which means they also love the Vols!

I like the two of them want to room together. Hope they show Florida a few things on gameday. Go Vols!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

"Don't sleep on Tennessee".

Tell the truth cuzin!

Voluvr writes:

Gotta love it.

windy writes:

I am sure the fl fans will have signs and everything to try and trash this kid. After all we know they ( fl fans ) have no class. Hold your head high and don'y pay any attention to them. Play football the way we know you can and bring home a victory. GO VOLSSSSSSS

utvol12345 writes:

I cannot wait to see this kid play. I think his immediate future is as a return man, and if he comes in right away and contributes as a reciever, thats just icing on the cake.

FlaVol2 writes:

You are a good young man Nu'Keese. Good luck to you at Tennessee. You picked a great school and a place you can grow under super good coaches.

windy writes:

in response to utvol12345:

I cannot wait to see this kid play. I think his immediate future is as a return man, and if he comes in right away and contributes as a reciever, thats just icing on the cake.

I would love to see him take the kickoff back 100 yards and put a hush over the swamp. I agree with you he may be the best return man on the team.

TommyJack writes:

"Don't sleep on Tennessee". That's awesome.

windy writes:

Does everyone detect that all the UT players are absolutely dedicated to Kiffin. From all I read and hear they all love this guy and can't wait to get it on for him

bluetick writes:

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chaos001 writes:

what a duo Florida lost in those two! the TN Gatorade player of the year is going to show them what an ORANGE SWARM (formerly RED SWARM!) defensive player can do!...sucks for them.

chaos001 writes:

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awwwe, how cute.

someone put on his "big boy pants" today.

randzimm#255981 writes:

Now remember guys, DC's gonna come on here and say thay NuKeese and Teague would only be on the squad at UF.... LMAO

windy writes:

Notre Dame just beat KY in the NIT. What a shame""""""""" I hear that Ky is taking applications for head coaching job as we write HEHEHEHE. ND 77 Ky 67

teampenny#658108 writes:

Do not think he will catch many passes this year I do not believe any one will. Go vols

randzimm#255981 writes:

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Thats the best looking ride I've ever seen... Lane's the man for getting an El to drive.. I like Lane more than ever!! Thanks Gatorzz43992010299333 !!

smokyredbone writes:

in response to bluetick:

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What a POS!!! Wonder what St. Tebow thinks about that S--t! Urbie needs a good dunking in the river!!! Maybe Tebow will circumcise then Baptize that potty mouth!

windy writes:

in response to randzimm#255981:

Thats the best looking ride I've ever seen... Lane's the man for getting an El to drive.. I like Lane more than ever!! Thanks Gatorzz43992010299333 !!

I would like to buy that ride and give it to Lane as a present, but that might be a violation, and second since it comes from Florida I don't think I want to touch it, I am sure Lane would not.

randzimm#255981 writes:

in response to windy:

I would like to buy that ride and give it to Lane as a present, but that might be a violation, and second since it comes from Florida I don't think I want to touch it, I am sure Lane would not.

Actually, I think Coach O would digg that ride. I can see him drinking red bull and jammin to "Flirtin' With Disaster"!!

windy writes:

in response to gatorz3:

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If you were on the road I am sure Mommy was driving you. You are not old enough to drive or can't pass the driving test.

randzimm#255981 writes:

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Wow gatorz340403992983894, you know how to copy and paste.. there's a couple of more articles posted on GVX... one on Rico McCoy.. hurry along so you can paste your post of useless information again...

Txvol57 writes:

in response to windy:

I would love to see him take the kickoff back 100 yards and put a hush over the swamp. I agree with you he may be the best return man on the team.

You are forgetting about Eric Gordon....his specialty is returning kicks.....Gordon has redonkulous speed!!

CoachNeyland writes:

in response to gatorz3:

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You want numbers? Florida Gay-tors: 62 years to win their first SEC Title. Start talkin when you get the diapers off.

windy writes:

in response to Txvol57:

You are forgetting about Eric Gordon....his specialty is returning kicks.....Gordon has redonkulous speed!!

you are correct, but wouldn't it be nice to see Richardson do it just to get under Fl skin. They would be thinking "we lost him to UT and now he is going to beat us"

GahLee writes:

Comparing yourself to 2 of the most explosive players in recent memory is a tall task. Hope mark Smith bulks this kid up....165, he could get hurt at that weight, I'm sure that Smith will get him to the size he needs to be at...I guess you can't hit what you can't catch, heard that this kid is a blur on the field.

windy writes:

DID GATOR3 GIVE UP SO QUICKLY TONIGHT

GahLee writes:

You have never seen a kidney stone, that is for sure, and if you have seen an orange kidney stone....there was something very wrong....idiot.

windy writes:

You know it just might be possilbe that gatorz3 has tasted one of Urbans kindney stones. He likes to defend him so much, something is up there

GahLee writes:

I can't wait to see our special teams this year, even when we had good return men it seems that we didn't get the game-breaking plays that other teams did...probably cause we didn't emphasize special teams...ever. I remember Scott and all the hype about being the fastest man in college football, but I don't remember him doing much. Parker had more success than him...hopefully Gordon or Richardson can provide that spark that every team needs on punts and kicks...Go Vols!!!

GahLee writes:

very possible.

GahLee writes:

Coach Gran is over special teams as well? Did not know that.

belayvol writes:

Good article. Hope he hits the field soon.

SuperVolfan writes:

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It's on Craigslist. It would be so cool to go to games and tailgate out of!!! Too expensive though.

ccjackson40#254643 writes:

in response to gatorz3:

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Hey dude did your Penn St buddies you said you was taking to the game last night give you a good ribbing going home.

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

Fun to read, but I thought freshmen weren't allowed to talk to the media.

ccjackson40#254643 writes:

in response to pj_ladyvolnMI:

Fun to read, but I thought freshmen weren't allowed to talk to the media.

Might be true but he is not a freshman. He is a high school senior. They can put the clamps on him in August.

gohawks1 writes:

Don’t sleep on Tennessee. We’re coming. We’re coming hard so don’t sleep on us.

That's what I'm talking about.

murrayvol writes:

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I wonder if the coaches at Liberty use colorful language?

chaos001 writes:

in response to windy:

you are correct, but wouldn't it be nice to see Richardson do it just to get under Fl skin. They would be thinking "we lost him to UT and now he is going to beat us"

or this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPhcmP...

last clip shows the return against Eric Gordon's team (can't remember if he was on the field at the time).

RockinTop writes:

in response to SuperVolfan:

It's on Craigslist. It would be so cool to go to games and tailgate out of!!! Too expensive though.

If you want it, you better buy it quick.....I heard a rumor they were going to park it in the Gators locker room!

I think it is hysterical that the Gators are so wound up....Must be the latest interview with CLK wearing the visor! I love it!

BigOrangeCrazy writes:

in response to gatorz3:

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Gatorz3, what you just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rumbling, incoherent response where you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this site is now dumber for having read it.

Caveman writes:

Caveman say Nu'Keese gonna get some Nukie for female pigball player groupies.

Fire say sometimes he wish he human too so he could share.

GahLee writes:

He is listed at 165 I believe..maybe an exaggeration though...but our strength and conditioning coach Mark Smith has a proven track record of making men out of his players...I think that we will see NR at a solid 175 or 180 when it is all said and done. You can hit what you can't catch...Go Vols!!!

thevoice writes:

I like this kid. Can he play point guard?

GatorHater326 writes:

in response to CoachNeyland:

You want numbers? Florida Gay-tors: 62 years to win their first SEC Title. Start talkin when you get the diapers off.

although you probably were "out on the road today" delivering pizzas and prostitution is not usually what people are referring to when they mention they were out on the road. It usually has to do with sales of some sort or traveling for other types of business. And I know you're selling your body in prostitution and you do travel to the hotel with your "john" but that's a stretch of the phrase "out on the road"...hope this helps. Take care sweety...and just remember how special you are...Now go lick a window

BigOrangeCrazy writes:

in response to 19SEP2009:

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Hold him out!? You can't be serious! Are you gator fans really that cocky. To think that any team would hold a player out for fear... now that is truely idiotic.

colovol8 writes:

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Apparently our friend from Florida is not only good at spouting off ridiculous comments but also at giving horrible facts. It turns out is does matter who coaches and plays for the Gators considering Ron Zook even after paying someone in the athletic department to photocopy and subsequently mail him Tennessee's entire offensive playbook lost to the Vols back to back in 03 and 04.

Japan..... really????

Although I do have to say the coloring book comment was pretty funny.

Txvol57 writes:

in response to windy:

you are correct, but wouldn't it be nice to see Richardson do it just to get under Fl skin. They would be thinking "we lost him to UT and now he is going to beat us"

Personally I dont care if sister mary clarence is returning kicks as long as Florida is on the losing end. But yes, it would be nice to see "Fleecy Keesy" do it against FLA

BigOrangeCrazy writes:

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I get what you're saying and yeah I care about what "might happen to the kid." As for building "confidence" and being able to "succeed" who says that can't happen Sept 19?

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