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Former UK wide receiver eyeing possible return to the Cats

This would be a big addition to UK’s 2019 class.


Former four-star wide receiver JaVonte Richardson is considering a return to the Kentucky Wildcats.

The 6-4, 220-pound wideout is currently playing this season at Iowa Western Community College following his departure from UK due to academic issues in January 2018.

Richardson was the fourth-highest ranked recruit in Kentucky’s 2017 recruiting class, behind only Lynn Bowden, Josh Paschal, and Tyrell Ajian. That should tell you a lot about how highly touted he was as a recruit.

Richardson has improved both on the field and off the field. He recently told 247Sports that he has become a technician at the position, instead of solely relying on his physical abilities. He also went on to detail his improvement in the classroom.

Now, he’s eyeing a return to the Division 1 level. He’s considering all of his options, including Iowa State and Nebraska. But he’s also considering a return to Kentucky.

“I’m not sure what I’m going to do next, and the school has told me if I go back to Kentucky I can go in December of this year, but if I go to any other school I have to stay at Iowa Western through next spring semester,” Richardson explained. “I have been talking to Kentucky and going back there is a possibility for me, because I really liked it there.”

It seems Kentucky also has some interest in bringing the former Wildcat back to the Bluegrass State.

“I have talked to Coach (Mark) Stoops about going back and that is a definite possibility,” he said.

However, he also added that he isn’t settling and he’s trying to catch the eye of some of the bigger programs.

While Richardson has been dealing with an ankle injury this season, he’s still managed to put up some solid numbers. In only five games, Richardson has caught 17 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns.

Richardson is ranked as the No. 2 JUCO wide receiver in the country according to the 247Sports Composite.

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