Athletic pass-catcher who should fit nicely in Mizzou's spread offensive attack ... Is known for good hands and being an excellent target in the red zone ... Before being injured in fall camp last season, was making some very big impressions on the coaching staff, and expectations are for him to emerge as a potential playmaker at the tight end spot ... Opens fall drills listed atop the depth chart, where he'll be battling for the starting job alongside senior Eric Waters.
Redshirt season ... Was likely well on his way to earning playing time as a true freshman, as he was putting together a very impressive fall camp, until he was sidetracked with a broken finger midway through two-a-days ... Could have played the last half of the season, but the decision was made to preserve the redshirt in the end.
Rivals ranked him as the nation's No. 24 tight end prospect, as well as the No. 62 overall prospect at any position out of the state of Florida for 2012 ... Caught 55 passes for 981 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior in a breakout season that saw him earn 1st-Team All-State honors as well as team MVP honors ... Was also named a U.S. Air Force 1st-Team All-American after his productive senior season ... Earned All-County recognition as a junior, when he caught 28 passes for 547 yards and 8 touchdowns ... Also had 29 receptions as a sophomore for 522 yards and 6 scores ... Outstanding all-around athlete who starred in basketball and track in addition to his football exploits ... Was his basketball team's MVP each of the last two seasons, and has scored over 1,000 career points, while he holds his school's record in the long jump, 400-meter dash and in the 4x400-meter relay ... High school coach - Mark Buchanan.
Parents - Chuck & Sherry Culkin ... Lists hobbies outside of football as boating, fishing, playing guitar, playing piano and basketball ... Played several years of AAU basketball, and played on Amare Stoudemire's team which which placed 2nd in nationals one summer ... Was active in youth groups and has taken mission trips to Alabama, Nicaragua and El Salvador ... Chose Mizzou over Miami, Fla., Central Florida, Kansas, Iowa State, South Florida, Rutgers, Ohio and Cincinnati, among others ... Mentioned the family-like atmosphere around the football program as a major selling point, as well as the program's sustained success.