Feb. 5, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Fresh off a school-record 12-win season, the University of Missouri football program has followed up with an outstanding group of talented student-athletes who have signed national letters of intent to attend and play football for Mizzou. The 2014 signing class recruited by Head Coach Gary Pinkel and his staff includes 28 standouts, with a balanced mix of in-state stars as well as an influx of talent from the southeast corridor as the Tigers continue to make inroads in the fertile Southeastern Conference footprint.
Ten of Missouri's top stars have signed to play for their home state as Mizzou continued its focus on keeping the top in-state talent at home. Tiger coaches also made huge inroads in SEC territory after just their second year in the league, as 15 members of the current class hail from the states of Florida (7), Georgia (3), Tennessee (3), Alabama (1) and Mississippi (1).
"We're really pleased with this class, it's a very talented group of athletes who we feel fit very well with our system and how we do things at Mizzou," said Pinkel. "We've addressed our needs from a position standpoint, and it's a very athletic and versatile group overall," he said.
Five members of the class have already enrolled and are attending classes at Mizzou, and will participate in spring camp. Those include DB Logan Cheadle (Lee's Summit, Mo.), DB Kenya Dennis (Raymond, Miss.), OL Michael Fairchild (Overland Park, Kan.), LB Brandon Lee (Indianapolis, Ind.) and QB Marvin Zanders (Jacksonville, Fla.). They will be on hand when spring practices begin on March 11th, leading up to the annual Black & Gold Game on April 19th.
The recruiting progress made in SEC territory has been impressive, and Mizzou's recent success on the field and in the classroom certainly played a role.
"We're able to sell the fact that since 2007, Mizzou is the only program in the country to be in the top-10 in wins, and also in the top-five in first-round NFL Draft picks, as well as top-five in Academic Progress Rate," said Pinkel. "That really resonates with the kids and their families and coaches, they trust that when they come to Mizzou, we make them the best that they can be," he said.
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MIZZOU FOOTBALL CLASS OF 2014 (FINAL)
|Names will be added to this list as soon as their National Letters of Intent
have been received by the Mizzou Football office and verified.
|Signed||Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown (High School/JC)||Video|
|7:26 am||Paul Adams||OL||6-6||280||Nashville, Tenn. (Christ Presbyterian Academy)|
|7:55 am||Sam Bailey||OL||6-4||265||Lamar, Mo. (Lamar HS)|
|7:18 am||Andy Bauer||OL||6-3||300||St. Louis, Mo. (DeSmet HS)|
|8:10 am||Kendall Blanton||TE||6-6||230||Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs South HS)|
|7:43 am||DeSean Blair||WR||6-2||185||Jacksonville, Fla. (Sandalwood HS)|
|8:28 am||Walter Brady||DE||6-3||255||Florence, Alabama (Florence HS)|
|6:42 am||Nate Brown||WR||6-3||205||Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett HS)|
|Enrolled||Logan Cheadle||CB||5-10||170||Lee's Summit, Mo. (Lee's Summit West HS)|
|Enrolled||Kenya Dennis||CB||6-0||198||Leland, Miss. (Hind CC)|
|7:37 am||Keyon Dilosa||WR||6-3||190||Round Rock, Texas (Round Rock HS)|
|Enrolled||Mike Fairchild||OL||6-5||280||Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley North HS)|
|8:25 am||Darnell Green||WR||6-5||180||Springfield, Mo. (Hillcrest HS)|
|7:31 am||Grant Jones||TE||6-3||225||Columbia, Mo. (Hickman HS)|
|Enrolled||Brandon Lee||LB||6-2||215||Indianapolis, Ind. (Lawrence Central HS)|
|10:01 am||Lawrence Lee||WR||5-11||175||Pensacola, Fla. (West Florida Tech)|
|8:21 am||Rocel McWilliams||DL||6-3||245||Pensacola, Fla. (West Florida Tech)|
|8:08 am||Kevin Pendleton||OL||6-3||320||Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West HS)|
|7:29 am||Thomas Richard||WR||6-0||190||Nashville, Tenn. (Christ Presbyterian Academy)|
|7:27 am||Tavon Ross||DB||6-0||200||Cochran, Ga. (Bleckley County HS)|
|7:09 am||Finis Stribling||DB||5-11||180||Thompson’s Station, Tenn. (Independence HS)|
|8:55 am||Greg Taylor||DB||5-11||185||East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis HS)|
|8:12 am||Trevon Walters||TB||5-10||195||Bradenton, Fla. (Manatee HS)|
|8:01 am||Thomas Wilson||ATH||5-11||185||Buford, Ga. (Buford HS)|
|8:37 am||Spencer Williams||DL||6-4||220||Jacksonville, Fla. (First Coast HS)|
|7:59 am||Raymond Wingo||DB||6-0||175||St. Louis, Mo. (St. Louis University HS)|
|8:53 am||Roderick Winters||LB||5-11||195||Arlington, Texas (Bowie HS)|
|8:50 am||Ish Witter||TB||5-8||195||Tampa, Fla. (Alonso HS)|
|Enrolled||Marvin Zanders||QB||6-2||180||Jacksonville, Fla. (Raines HS)|
MIZZOU FOOTBALL CLASS OF 2014 (FINAL)
|Names will be added to this list as soon as their National Letters of Intent
have been received by the Mizzou Football office and verified.
A two-way lineman who impressed Mizzou’s coaching staff with his athleticism and strong hands, coupled with a great lineman frame … played at Christ Presbyterian Academy for head coach Ingle Martin … helped block the Lions to a 14-1 record and Tennessee Class 3A State Championship Runner-Up performance as a senior in 2013 … showed versatility with his play on the defensive side with 41 tackles (34 solo), including 8.0 tackles-for-loss in his final high school season … was awarded with one of the Tennessee Titans’ Mr. Football awards after his senior season … considered the No. 12 overall recruit in the state of Tennessee by Rivals.com … led squad to a 13-1 record and state semifinals appearance as a junior in 2012 … also played basketball for CPA … joined in the 2014 signing class by CPA teammate Thomas Richard … parents – Tim and Ashley Adams … chose Mizzou over offers from Cincinnati, Mississippi State and South Florida … plans to major in business management at the University of Missouri … was impressed with Mizzou’s entire campus environment during his visit, and enjoyed his meetings with Tiger coaches.
Caught the attention of Mizzou’s coaches with his ability to explode off the line, and also moves well in space … a tight end and defensive end for Lamar High School and head coach Scott Bailey who projects to the offensive line for the Tigers ... helped Lamar win three consecutive Missouri Class 2 State Championships … notched a PBU in the 2013 Missouri Class 2A title game, a 42-0 win over Lawson … named First Team All-State on the defensive line by the Missouri Sportswriters Association … American Family Insurance All-Ozarks First Team selection, along with first team all-conference recognition … claimed the state title in discus as a junior … also played basketball for Lamar … chose Mizzou over interest from Arkansas, Army and Kansas State, among others.
Offensive line prospect whose aggressiveness and enthusiasm were important to Mizzou’s coaching staff … dependable mover in the trenches during his career at DeSmet Jesuit High School for head coach Pat Mahoney … named an Under Armour High School All-American, one of just 90 players across the country selected to play in the game … forced to the sideline for his senior season in 2013 and he began rehabbing to prepare for the collegiate level … helped lead DeSmet to a Missouri Class 6 State Championship playoffs semifinal appearance as a junior in 2012 … earned back-to-back first team all-state nods on the offensive line as a sophomore and junior… Post-Dispatch First Team All-Metro as a junior … considered the top overall recruit in the Show-Me State by Rivals.com and ESPN.com … rated as the No. 99 overall recruit in the country in the “ESPN300” … placed as the eighth-best offensive tackle prospect in the country by both Rivals and ESPN … parents – Craig and Annie Bauer … chose Mizzou over offers from many of the other top programs in the country, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Wisconsin, among others … plans to pursue the pre-medical field of studies at the University of Missouri … mentioned his relationship with Mizzou’s coaches in being a determining factor in his recruitment.
A smooth athlete who the Mizzou coaching staff believes possesses a great frame for the tight end position … hauled in 15 catches for 216 yards and two scores as a senior in 2013 in a predominantly run-oriented offense at Blue Springs South High School for head coach Greg Oder … Second Team All-Big Six Conference selection in his final high school season … grabbed two touchdown catches as a junior in 2012 … rated as the 12th-best tight end prospect in the class of 2014 by ESPN.com … played center for the Blue Springs South basketball squad, leading the team in blocked shots as a junior and senior … father, Jerry, was a standout linebacker at Kentucky and played seven seasons in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs … parents – Jerry Blanton and Deanna Thompson … chose Mizzou over interest from Kentucky, Louisville and Tulsa.
Wide receiver recruit that possesses both the frame and speed for the position with great ball skills, according to Mizzou’s coaches … a “Super 75” selection by The Florida Times-Union as a senior in 2013 for Sandalwood High School and head coach Adam Geis … earned Florida Class 8A Second Team All-State recognition following his senior season … breakout year came as a junior in 2012 at Sandalwood after spending his first two high school seasons at Terry Parker High School, in which he snagged 36 passes for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns … considered the No. 50 wide receiver prospect in the country by ESPN.com, as well as the 56th-best recruit in the state of Florida … chose Mizzou over Louisville, Nebraska, Iowa State, Maryland, Minnesota and Vanderbilt, among others.
Speedy defender with a high ceiling, according to Mizzou’s coaching staff … made an immediate impact in his only season at Florence High School for head coach Jamey Dubose, totaling 85 tackles, 24.0 tackles-for-loss, 8.5 sacks and two interceptions … was a force in the backfield as a junior in 2012 at Trezevant High School in Memphis, recording 96 tackles with 10.0 sacks, along with two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup … earned Commercial Appeal First Team All-District recognition after his junior campaign … mother – Mickie Renee Sada … chose Mizzou over Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, Ole Miss and Miami (Fla.), among others.
Ability to lead and his productivity at wide receiver caught the eye of Mizzou’s coaching staff … turned in a prolific senior season for North Gwinnett High School and head coach Bob Sphire, making 61 catches for 1,081 yards and 21 touchdowns … helped the Bulldogs to a 13-3 season capped with an appearance in the Georgia Class AAAAAA State Football Championship game … earned first team all-state recognition as a senior from several outlets, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Sportswriters Association … named Gwinnett County Wide Receiver of the Year by area coaches following his final high school season … rated as the No. 29 overall recruit in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com, as well as the No. 49 wide receiver in the nation … brought in 41 receptions for 491 yards as a junior in 2012, pushing North Gwinnett to a strong 11-2 season record … earned first team all-county following his junior season … also participated in basketball and track and field for North Gwinnett … parents – Rob and Wanda Brown … chose Mizzou over Georgia, Illinois, Louisville, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Yale, among others … plans to major in business marketing or sports medicine at the University of Missouri.
A shutdown cornerback from Kansas City whose agility and ability to make plays impressed Mizzou coaches … regarded as one of the best in the state of Missouri's class of 2014 … helped Lee's Summit West and head coach Royce Boehm to the Missouri Class 5 State Championship in 2013 thanks to a dominating three-interception title game performance … two-time second team All-State selection ... the three picks, one of which he returned for a touchdown, tied a state championship game record … ranked as high as the No. 11 recruit in the state by Rivals.com ... ranked as the 18th-best prospect in Missouri by ESPN.com ... finished senior season in 2013 with 42 tackles, including 30 solo stops ... first team all-conference at defensive back in 2012 ... continues pipeline of stellar athletes from Lee's Summit West, as he joins former teammate and current Mizzou starting center Evan Boehm … high school teammate of fellow 2014 Mizzou signee Kevin Pendleton ... cousin, Don Cheadle, is an actor who has starred in 'Ocean's 11', 'Iron Man 2' and 'Iron Man 3' ... chose Mizzou over Indiana, Iowa State Kansas State, Nebraska and Northern Illinois.
Mizzou coaches see great size and quickness in the junior college transfer, as well as a willingness to be physical at the line of scrimmage … an NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American as a sophomore at Hinds Community College (Raymond, Miss.) in 2013 ... considered a Top 100 JUCO prospect by Rivals.com ... finished 2013 season with 31 tackles (25 solo), two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups, one tackle-for-loss and one interception ... earned All-Region XXIII and most valuable defensive back of the South Division for Hinds head coach Gene Murphy ... helped lead the Eagles to a 7-3 record, bowl appearance and No. 14 national ranking in 2013 ... was just as impactful in his first season at Hinds, recording 34 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions in 2012 ... two-time Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State honoree ... represented Leland High School in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game as a senior in 2011 ... coached by Eugene Sanders at Leland ... chose Mizzou over offers from Arkansas, Auburn and Southern Miss.
Brings good burst and body control to the table, according to the Mizzou coaching staff, with great size for the wide receiver position … knack for making the big play for Round Rock High School and head coach Jeff Cheatham during his career … hauled in 55 receptions for 711 yards and five touchdowns as a senior in 2013 … explosive ability is apparent, as three of his five scoring catches as a senior covered more than 60 yards … also logged an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown during his final season of play at Round Rock … earned second team all-district in 2013, as well as after his junior season in 2012 … also played basketball for Round Rock … parents – Maurice Miller and Kayanna Dilosa … chose Mizzou over Arkansas State, BYU, Houston and Texas Tech, among others … plans to major in business and accounting at the University of Missouri … Mizzou’s welcoming atmosphere amongst the players and coaches helped him choose the Tigers.
A hard-working offensive line prospect that excites Mizzou’s coaches with his aggressiveness and ability to finish blocks … one of the top linemen from the state of Kansas' class of 2014, earning multiple first team-all-state recognitions ... blazed a trail for Blue Valley West High School and head coach Scott Wright, blocking the Jaguars into the Class 5A state semifinals as a senior in 2013 ... possesses a large frame that has Mizzou coaches excited about his growth in the future ... also played defensive tackle for the Jaguars ... father, Paul, played football at Kansas and spent seven seasons in the NFL playing guard for the New England Patriots (1984-90) ... chose Mizzou early in the recruiting process after drawing initial interest from Arkansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Penn State.
Length at the wide receiver position a plus for Mizzou’s coaching staff, but his heart and spirit are what left the coaches most impressed … has battled leukemia and undergone treatment during his high school career, all while continuing to be a promising football and basketball player for head coach and father, John Beckham … caught 16 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman in 2010 … forced to miss the 2011 season, but rebounded to make 29 catches for 383 yards over his final two seasons at Hillcrest … earned All-Ozark Conference recognition three out of his four seasons at Hillcrest … younger brother of Tiger WR Dorial Green-Beckham parents – John and Tracy Beckham … chose Mizzou over interest from Arkansas and Oklahoma … enjoys bowling and golf in his spare time … noted that being a long-time Mizzou fan helped in his recruitment, along with attending football camp in Columbia for several years.
Brings great hand-eye coordination to the field, according to Mizzou’s coaches, as well as versatility and great football intelligence … hometown athlete whose father, Brian Jones, coaches running backs at Mizzou … two-way player for Hickman High School, making an impact at both tight end and defensive end … earned all-district and all-area recognition as a senior in 2013, making 52 tackles with 10.0 tackles-for-loss and 7.0 sacks … illustrated his nose for the ball with two blocked punts and one blocked PAT during his final high school season … scored eight touchdowns during his final two seasons at Hickman … led the Kewpies with 8.0 sacks as a junior in 2012, helping Hickman to a 9-2 record … totaled 41 tackles with an impressive 17.0 tackles-for-loss during his junior campaign, along with 10 pass breakups … parents – Brian and Mary Kay Jones … committed shortly after receiving his official offer from Mizzou, along with interest from Virginia … plans to major in sports management at the University of Missouri … listed playing basketball and working out as his main activities during spare time … liked how Mizzou’s players and coaches embrace the program’s family atmosphere during his recruitment.
Smart, athletic defender who the Mizzou coaching staff feels has a high ceiling … first team all-state linebacker as a senior in 2013, according to the Associated Press and IndyPreps … one of the top linebacker prospects in the country who was ranked by ESPN as the No. 16 outside linebacker prospect in the nation, and as the No. 3 player overall in the state of Indiana at any position ... was a four-year contributor for Lawrence Central High School under Coach Jed Richman, and was part of a state title team as a junior in 2012 ... had 81 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a junior, while racking up 85 stops, a pair of sacks and two forced fumbles in 2011 ... his Bears team also reached the state championship semi-finals during his freshman season of 2010 ... was a Class 6A First Team All-State linebacker selection by the Associated Press ... known as a versatile talent who could play on the outside, and has the frame to grow into an inside linebacker down the road ... has great instincts and plays with an impressive combination of sheer talent and discipline that allows him to make plays from sideline-to-sideline ... athleticism, range and movement skills are considerable and he shows great first step quickness and flows fast to the ball, while also displaying a good understanding of pass drop concepts ... had offers from numerous schools, and chose Mizzou over Michigan State, Oregon, Indiana, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Minnesota, California, Iowa, Illinois, Penn State and North Carolina State, among many others ... older brother, Kenneth, plays football at Ball State.
Speed and explosive ability turned Mizzou’s coaches on to the wide receiver prospect … Florida Class 5A First Team All-State for West Florida Tech High School and head coach Harry Lees as a junior in 2012 … earned honorable mention all-state as a sophomore in 2011 and second team all-state recognition as a senior in 2013 … snagged 56 catches for 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, while also rushing for 304 yards and four scores on the ground … helped West Florida Tech to a 10-2 overall record in his final high school season … high school teammate of current Mizzou DL Nate Crawford and PK Luke Jackson, as well as fellow 2014 signee Rocel McWilliams … chose Mizzou after originally committing to Tennessee, among others.
Showed his ability to be powerful and physical in the trenches to Mizzou’s coaching staff during his high school career … Florida Class 5A Second Team All-State defensive lineman for West Florida Tech High School and head coach Harry Lees as a senior in 2013 … huge senior season included 73 tackles and 7.0 sacks in 2013 … helped West Florida Tech to a 10-2 overall record in his final high school season … recorded 3.0 sacks among 34 total tackles as a junior in 2012 … high school teammate of current Mizzou DL Nate Crawford and PK Luke Jackson, as well as fellow 2014 signee Lawrence Lee … parents – Rocel McWilliams Sr. and Gretchen Gilchrist … chose Mizzou over Florida, Memphis, Minnesota and SMU, among others … plans to major in business at the University of Missouri … mentioned how Mizzou’s coaching staff made him feel at home while he visited campus.
Impressed Mizzou’s coaches with his footwork and ability to be nimble for his size … a physical presence in the trenches for Lee’s Summit West High School and head coach Royce Boehm, playing both left tackle and right tackle in two seasons with the Titans … earned Missouri Class 5 First Team All-State recognition on the offensive line as a senior in 2013, helping the Titans claim the Class 5 State Championship … also brought in First Team All-Metro honors from the Kansas City Star … named to American Family Insurance’s 2013 All-USA Missouri Football Team … earned first team all-conference recognition every season of his high school career … began high school career at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy ... played baseball and participated in track and field during his LSW and Lincoln Prep days … high school teammate of fellow 214 Mizzou signee Logan Cheadle and also played with current Mizzou center Evan Boehm … parents – Maurice Pendleton and Barbara Heizman … chose Mizzou over interest from Arkansas, Iowa State, Kansas State and Nebraska, among others … plans to major in business at the University of Missouri … mentioned his model car collection as a hobby … mentioned the endless opportunities he’d have in the classroom as a determining factor in his recruitment.
Hard-working, savvy wide receiver prospect that impressed Mizzou’s coaching staff with his great hands … a major offensive difference-maker for Christ Presbyterian Academy and head coach Ingle Martin over his final two high school seasons, totaling 122 receptions for 2,175 yards and 27 touchdowns … went out with a bang as he recorded 67 catches for 1,103 yards and 14 scores as a senior in 2013 … earned first team all-state recognition for his final high school season … offensive showcase for the Lions came after opting for only basketball in his first two years of high school at CPA … also played cornerback in his first season as a junior in 2012, helping the squad to a 13-1 record and Tennessee Class 3A State Championship semifinals … senior campaign included powering the Lions to a state runners-up finish … earned his district’s football athlete of the year award following his senior season … rated as the 18th-best recruit in the state of Tennessee by Rivals.com … high school teammate of fellow 2014 Mizzou signee Paul Adams … also played basketball for CPA … mother, Tanya, attended Missouri’s School of Journalism … chose Mizzou over interest from Clemson, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and UCLA, among others … plans to major in journalism at the University of Missouri … enjoys hunting in his spare time … noted Missouri’s top journalism school and his positive time with Mizzou’s coaching staff as the determining factors in his recruitment.
Possesses elite athleticism that Mizzou’s coaching staff believes will allow him to be a hammer in the defensive secondary … excelled going both ways on the field for Bleckley County High School and head coach Tracy White, playing both quarterback and safety … did his part to shut down opposing offensives with 87 tackles and six interceptions as a senior in 2013, returning four for touchdowns … racked up 734 passing yards and eight touchdown throws with 652 rushing yards and 10 scores on the ground on the offensive side of the ball … powered the Royals to a school-record nine wins in 2013 … totaled 20 touchdowns through the air and on the ground as a junior in 2012, helping Bleckley County to an 8-3 record … chose Mizzou over Alabama, Georgia and Miami (Fla.), among others.
Brings top speed that impressed Mizzou’s coaching staff, with a school-record 48.01 in the 400m dash to his credit … stout defender for Independence High School and head coach Scott Blade, totaling 51 tackles and two interceptions as a senior in 2013, as well as five blocked PATs and three blocked field goal attempts … picked up first team all-district honors after his final season for the Eagles … recorded 41 tackles en route to honorable mention all-district recognition as a junior in 2012 … invited to play in the Toyota East/West All-Star Classic following his senior season, as one of 88 players chosen from across the state … also participated in basketball and track and field for Independence … claimed the state title in the 400m dash with his school record-breaking run … also anchored Independence’s 4x400m relay to a state title … earned local recognition from Thompson’s Station for his Eagle Scout project, the construction of benches for a city park … chose Mizzou over interest from Cincinnati and Kentucky.
Versatility and physicality were important elements of his game to Mizzou’s coaches, as well as a high level of athleticism … made major contributions for East St. Louis High School and head coach Darren Sunkett on both defense and offense … recorded 94 tackles, 2.0 sacks and two interceptions as a senior in 2013, while also rushing for 1,814 yards and 22 touchdowns … named to The St. Louis American’s all-area team … earned all-state and all-conference recognition in his final high school season … totaled 92 tackles, two interceptions and 1.0 sack as a junior in 2012 … rated as the 19th-best player in Illinois’ class of 2014 by Rivals.com … also participated in track and field for East St. Louis … mother - Ruby McCoy … chose Mizzou over interest from Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan … plans to major in communication at the University of Missouri … lists playing football, basketball and hanging out with his teammates as hobbies … noted that the Mizzou coaches and players made him feel like family when he visited campus.
Vision out of the backfield caught the attention of Mizzou’s coaches, as well as his toughness and physicality … back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons for Manatee High School and head coach Joe Kinnan, including a 1,704-yard senior season in 2013 with 15 total touchdowns … senior campaign aided Manatee on its journey to a second-straight undefeated regular season and district title … rushed for 1,119 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior in 2012 … earned local offensive player of the year recognitions from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Bradenton Herald following his senior season … earned Florida Class 8A Second Team All-State recognition following his 2013 campaign … rated as the No. 16 all-purpose running back in the nation by Rivals.com … parents – Toddrick Walters and Tamara Cotton … chose Mizzou over Minnesota, Marshall, South Florida and Toledo, among others … plans to major in sports management at the University of Missouri … noted how Mizzou felt like a great place to be during the recruitment process.
A quick, electric defensive line recruit that has Mizzou’s coaches excited about his big play ability … earned Florida Class 8A Second Team All-State recognition as a senior in 2013 for First Coast High School and head coach Marty Lee … made his presence known by opposing offensives in his senior season, recording 65 tackles with 15.0 sacks to help lead the Buccaneers to an 11-2 overall record … earned The Florida Times-Union All-First Coast Second Team recognition as a senior … chose Mizzou late in the recruiting process over Cincinnati, Auburn, Iowa State, Nebraska, N.C. State and Purdue, among others.
Fearless attitude impressed Mizzou’s coaching staff, as well as his explosive ability on the field … helped Buford High School and head coach Jess Simpson to three Georgia Class AAA state championships during his four years with the Wolves, playing running back and cornerback … picked up Georgia Sportswriters Association First Team All-State honors as a returner as a senior in 2013 … aided his squad’s 35-19 title-claiming performance over Washington County as a senior with 118 rushing yards and two scores on the ground … earned all-area recognition from The Times of Gainesville following his senior season … rated as the No. 27 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com … chose Mizzou over Arizona, Illinois, Kansas State, Michigan State, Tennessee and Wisconsin, among others.
A playmaker who is also a home run threat is what Mizzou’s coaching staff saw during his high school career … played both wide receiver and defensive back for St. Louis University High School and head coach Gary Kornfeld … totaled a team-high 482 rushing yards with five touchdowns as a senior in 2013, also grabbing 18 receptions for 241 yards and two touchdowns … recorded 24 tackles and two interceptions on the defensive side of the ball … stellar junior season in 2012 included 1,379 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns, as well as five interceptions … older brother, Ronnie Wingo Jr., is a running back in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills … considered the No. 7 recruit in the Show-Me State by Rivals.com … also participated in track and field for St. Louis University High School, claiming a 100m dash championship … parents – Ronnie and Tiffany Wingo … chose Mizzou over offers from many of the other top programs in the country, including Arkansas, Auburn, Iowa, Kansas State, Michigan State, Nebraska and Tennessee … lists fishing and playing basketball as hobbies … noted Mizzou’s family atmosphere as playing an important role in his decision.
Brings impressive quickness, speed and maturity to the field, according to Mizzou’s coaches … earned his second Texas Class 5A All-District 3 First Team recognition as a senior in 2013 for Bowie High School and head coach Danny DeArman … dominated the field with 150 tackles and 14.0 sacks as a senior … totaled 97 tackles as a junior in 2012 after switching to linebacker from wide receiver … former high school teammate of current Mizzou tailback Russell Hansbrough … also hails from the same high school as former standout cornerback Kip Edwards … participated in track and field throughout his Bowie career, qualifying for districts and regionals … parents – Dettrick and Kametra Winters … chose Mizzou over Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State, among others … plans to major in electrical engineering at the University of Missouri … noted how his decision to choose Mizzou was helped by how much he liked Missouri’s campus and the notoriety MU has in his planned field of study.
Possesses eye-catching shifting and cutting ability which caught the attention of Mizzou’s coaching staff … found the end zone throughout his career at Alonso High School for head coach Brian Emanuel, scoring 28 rushing touchdowns as a Raven … totaled 850 rushing yards and 10 scores on the ground as a senior in 2013, earning first team all-conference recognition for the second-straight year … rushed for 902 yards and six touchdowns as a junior in 2012, all while battling through a late season ankle injury … also participated in track and field at Alonso … father – Delroy Witter … chose Mizzou over Marshall, Ohio, Rutgers and Syracuse, among others … plans to major in criminal justice at the University of Missouri … enjoys reading in his spare time … noted how beautiful Mizzou’s campus was during his visit, along with the family-oriented atmosphere instilled by the Tigers’ coaches and players.
A highly-regarded dual-threat quarterback prospect that Mizzou coaches like for his athleticism and play-making ability ... known as a poised presence in the pocket, but who is very dangerous when breaking away from pressure ... has shown a strong and accurate arm throwing on the run ... has outstanding quickness and foot speed that makes him dangerous on designed runs or when he chooses to tuck the ball and take off ... earned The Florida Times-Union All-First Coast Second Team recognition as a senior … amassed over 2,500 yards of total offense as a senior in 2013, and was responsible for 37 touchdowns ... completed 130-of-224 passes in 2013 for 1,866 yards and 22 TDs, while he ran for 705 yards (on nearly 7.0 yards per carry) and 15 more scores ... led Jacksonville Raines High School to a 9-3 record in 2013, including a five-game win streak late in the season for head coach Deran Wiley's team ... threw for 1,839 yards and 18 TDs in 2012, and also ran for 416 yards and four scores ... chose Mizzou over Duke, Florida, Georgia Tech, Iowa State and Kentucky, among many others.
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