College Sports

USC football recruit stabbed

A USC football recruit was stabbed at a Richland County apartment complex early Sunday morning.

Quintin Richardson, 18, was stabbed during the fight in the courtyard of Hunter's Green Apartments at 1013 N. Kings St., according to a spokesman for the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Lt. Chris Cowan said an argument between Richardson and 19-year-old Ross Grant escalated into a "physical altercation."

Deputies learned of the incident when Richardson showed up for treatment at Providence Hospital Northeast at about 2:25 a.m. Cowan declined to detail Richardson's Quintin's injuries but said he had been stabbed in the upper body.

No charges have yet been filed as a result of the incident.

"We still have a lot of people to interview," Cowan said Sunday. "We're trying to determine what the altercation was over and who needs to be charged."

Richardson was in stable condition with non-life-threatening non-life threatening injuries at Palmetto Health Richland, said Cowan and family members.

Listed at 6 feet 4 inches tall 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, Richardson is one of the top recruits in South Carolina's nationally ranked incoming freshman class. He was set to compete for playing time on the Gamecocks' offensive line.

The former Spring Valley star was ranked in the top 100 of and, a pair of national recruiting Web sites, before slipping after missing most of his senior season with a knee injury.

Richardson was still selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American game, a national high school senior all-star game. He committed to South Carolina in April of his junior year at Spring Valley.

Last summer Richardson said: "There are a lot of South Carolina fans around here. They are going to want to see what all the hype is about. I'm going to come out and play the game. I'm not feeling any pressure. But I also want to show the fans and everyone that I can play some football."

Richardson's godfather, Willie Sutton, said the player was recuperating at the hospital. Sutton said Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier had called to check on him, along with numerous other coaches at USC and Spring Valley.

"He's in good spirits," Sutton said. "He's got a pretty good doctor. It's in the Lord's hands right now. We're going to take it one day at a time right now."