Posted: 9:51 pm Monday, January 11th, 2010

Ex-Pahokee standout Nu’Keese Richardson hopes to resurrect career at Hampton 

By Jason Lieser

After pleading guilty to one count of armed robbery and agreeing to a plea deal that does not include jail time, Nu’Keese Richardson said he will attempt to restart his collegiate career at Hampton.

“That’s the plan,” Richardson said Monday night in a very brief phone conversation.

Nu'Keese Richardson in court this morning in Knoxville, Tenn. (Photo by MICHAEL PATRICK/Knoxville News Sentinel)

Nu'Keese Richardson in court this morning in Knoxville, Tenn. (Photo by MICHAEL PATRICK/Knoxville News Sentinel)

Richardson starred at Pahokee before going on to play his freshman season as a wide receiver and return man for the Tennessee Volunteers. He was arrested with two teammates Nov. 12 when three people told police Richardson and Mike Edwards tried to rob them. A third Tennessee player, Janzen Jackson, was arrested, too, but all charges against him were dropped.

Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin dismissed Richardson and Edwards from the team shortly after their arrests, but retained Jackson.

Instead of serving time in prison, Richardson agreed to three years of probation, the Associated Press reported today.

Pahokee coach Blaze Thompson said he has spoken with Richardson recently and believes Richardson already is enrolled at Hampton.

“My concern for Nu’Keese is not football right now,” Thompson said. “It’s getting his life on track and learning from his mistakes. If he’s able to play football and go to school, then I’m happy for him.

“He’s trying to get his life on track and do all the right things and just move on.”

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