Nu’Keese Richardson’s journey through college football appears to have taken a turn toward Delta State.
Richardson, who was dismissed at Tennessee in November 2009 after being charged in an alleged armed robbery, has been enrolled at three schools since.
He spent spring 2010 at Hampton University, but moved on last fall to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. His intent was to get his academics in order to transfer to a Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I) school.
That didn’t happen.
According to The Palm Beach Post, Richardson is back near home at Palm Beach State College in South Florida.
However, the Post reports, he lacks the credit hours to transfer to a FBS school, but can transfer to a Division II program.
Delta State is in Cleveland, Miss. Enrollment is about 4,400.
The Statesmen lost the Division II national championship game 20-17 to Minnesota-Duluth last December.
“I believe Delta State is where he’s planning on going,’’ Blaze Thompson, Richardson’s coach at Pahokee High School, told the Post. “He hasn’t left yet so I wouldn’t say it’s solid yet.’’
A star at Pahokee, Richardson committed to Florida but then signed with UT in what was considered a recruiting coups by new coach Lane Kiffin.
Richardson played offense and returned punts for the Vols in 2009 before being dismissed on Nov. 16 following the incident outside a Cumberland Avenue convenience store.
He pleaded guilty in January 2010 to a reduced charge of attempted robbery and was placed on three years probation during which he is required to be in school or employed full time.