Former Kentucky wide receiver JaVonte Richardson re-committed to the Wildcats on Sunday night.
Richardson — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Cleveland — was part of UK’s signing class of 2017 and spent last season as a redshirt player in the Cats’ program before transferring to Iowa Western Community College. He has 22 catches for 305 yards and three touchdowns in six games this season and is considered a three-star prospect and the No. 2 junior college wide receiver nationally, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
He was ranked as a top 50 high school wide receiver nationally and a four-star prospect coming out of high school.
“Right now, he is a big, fast, athlete. Pure athlete,” Ohio recruiting analyst Bill Greene told the Herald-Leader on signing day 2017. “From a size, speed aspect — these are the kind of guys that Alabama or USC recruits. His football skills have not caught up to his athletic ability yet. But, if they do, then you’re looking at somebody that’s really special. He’s very strong. Legit (size) with long arms. And he can run. He needs to learn the finer points of the game. Still needs to be coached. But, man, there’s a chance this guy could really be special.
“If he gets it, then you’re looking at a future NFL receiver.”
Richardson is UK’s 20th commitment for the 2019 class and joins fellow wide receivers Demontae Crumes, DeMarcus Harris and Wandale Robinson in that group.