Former Orange Park (Fla.) defensive end De’Asian Richardson, one of two four-star prospects among West Virginia’s 22 commitments for 2013, flipped his pledge to Louisville on Friday, according to a report from Scout.com’s Cardinal Authority and 247sports.com’s InsideTheVille websites.
Richardson, a 6-foot-3, 285-pounder who held scholarship offers from 24 Division I programs, was dismissed at Orange Park in September after the third game of his senior season, where Raiders head coach Danny Green said “I had issues with the young man.”
Richardson had committed to WVU over Oklahoma in August, but made just eight tackles in three games before the disciplinary problems Green referenced led him to transfer to First Coast High School in Jacksonville.
“It was unfortunate I had to dismiss him — I’ve never had to do that before,” Green said Friday. “But I’m not going to tolerate the way he was acting.”
Green, who said he hasn’t communicated with Richardson since he changed schools, did not think Louisville was a serious contender to sign the player before last season.
Reportedly holding offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, UCLA, Michigan State, Pitt, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina, Richardson has yet to qualify academically and could be a candidate for prep school regardless of which school signs him. Green said academic counselors were working with Richardson on ACT preparations when he transferred.