Gary Pinkel and his staff welcome in five new Tigers this semester.
Dec. 19, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Five impressive student-athletes will enroll early at the University of Missouri and play football for Head Coach Gary Pinkel, as announced today.
The group of new Tigers shows the range of the Mizzou coaching staff's recruiting efforts, with all five players coming to Missouri from different states. Cornerback Logan Cheadle hails from the Show-Me State, while offensive lineman Mike Fairchild will come to Columbia from nearby territory in Overland Park, Kan.
Incoming transfer cornerback Kenya Dennis played his high school and junior college ball in the state of Mississippi, as the Leland, Miss., native just completed his second successful season of action at Hinds Community College in Jackson, Miss. Linebacker Brandon Lee was recruited to Mizzou from Indianapolis, Ind., while quarterback Marvin Zanders hails from Jacksonville, Fla.
The newcomers coming from high school to the Mizzou Football program are able to sign financial aid agreements, and also be announced as new additions to the team, as long as they have completed the requirements necessary to graduate early from high school. Junior college transfers can sign National Letters of Intent.
Following is a roster and biographical sketches for each of Mizzou's five newcomers...
A speedy defender regarded as one of the best in the state of Missouri's class of 2014, ranked as high as No. 11 by Rivals.com ... two-time second team All-State selection ... helped Lee's Summit West and head coach Royce Boehm to the Class 5 State Championship in 2013 thanks to a dominating three-interception title game performance ... the three picks, one of which he returned for a touchdown, tied a state championship game record ... 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 ... 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 and Northern Illinois.
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.
One of the top offensive 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 and Tulsa.
One of the top linebacker prospects in the country who is 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.
A highly-regarded dual-threat quarterback prospect who is the latest in what looks to be an increasing Florida pipeline to the Mizzou program ... ESPN.com ranks him as the nation's No. 36-ranked dual-threat QB talent ... is 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 ... 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, Georgia Tech, Iowa State and Kentucky, among many others.