Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- In a prepared statement, former Gamecock offensive lineman Quintin Richardson announced that he was leaving the University of South Carolina to pursue an education at Hampton University.
He called his time as a Gamecock, "the most rewarding experience of my life." Richardson said that he would continue to pursue his collegiate football career at Hampton University.
Richardson was suspended from the football team on Aug. 20, 2010, but officials with the team would not say why. Previous Coverage: Quintin Richardson Suspended from USC Football Team
In an incident report from Aug. 10 by the University of South Carolina Police Department, officers named Richardson. The report stated that a 20-year-old woman, who said Richardson was her boyfriend, claimed Richardson had assaulted her in the parking lot of Williams-Brice Stadium.
Richardson, a redshirt junior, has been recovering from shoulder surgery, and according to the school's website, was expected to compete for a position on this fall's team. Related Coverage: Richardson Has Soldier Surgery
A graduate of Spring Valley High School, Richardson was a highly touted recruit in the 2007 recruiting class that saw Spurrier's Gamecocks ranked as highly as a Top 5 class. Richardson has five career starts.
Richardson released this statement through the Lourie Law Firm:
"I want to first thank the University of South Carolina for the privilege of an education. I also thank Coach Spurrier and his entire staff for the opportunity to play football in front of the country's greatest fans. Next, I thank the doctors and trainers who have shown me tremendous care and compassion. Lastly, I thank my teammates and all Gamecock fans for the encouragement they have shown me throughout my time at the University - you have made my time as a Gamecock the most rewarding experience of my life.
"Therefore it is with appreciation and sadness, but also with hope, that I say goodbye to my time as a student-athlete at USC. I will be taking my friendships and memories to Hampton University, where I will continue to pursue my degree and football career. I ask you for your continued support, as I will continue to wish the best for a university and family that I love."