The Missouri Tigers coaches have been out on the recruiting trail beating the bushes for talent to help round out the remainder of their 2013 recruiting class, and it appears that they feel they have found some close to home.
Liberty (MO) class of 2013 TE/DE Kolton Shindelar 6'6" 252 (4.6 forty,35" vertical jump) informed me a while ago that he received an offer from the University of Missouri this morning.
"Around 11 this morning Missouri coach Andy Hill came to my school and I was called to my coaches office. Coach Hill offered me and said they are really interested in me and want me to be a Missouri Tiger,"said Shindelar.
Shildelar had only recently began hearing from the Tigers before Christmas and was a little surprised by the news.
"I was really excited and surprised,too," said Shindelar." I haven;'t had that many conversations with Coach Hill or the Tigers. Maybe a couple of times. Two weeks before Christmas Coach Pinkel came by after seeing Trent Hosick at Staley and talked to my coach and got my numbers and game film. Then I heard from Coach Hill after that and now I received the offer today. I am very happy."
Kolton shared his feelings about the Tigers football program.
" Missouri is definitely in my top 3 schools now.It's a great football program.I am really excited about them being in the SEC. I know they had an off season this year, but they will be much better next year. I have lived in Missouri for 8 years now and have a lot of friends and family who went or go there. I am excited about the opportunity to possibly play there,"said Shindelar.
"Right now I will be visiting Tulsa next weekend the 18th, and then I am visiting Missouri the following week on the 25th. I was suppose to visit Memphis on the 25th, but I changed that to make it to Mizzou. I will have to reschedule the Memphis visit."
And when might a decision be forthcoming?
"After I take my official visits. I might have a decision following the 27th after my Missouri visit. I'm not sure. I am just looking for the school with the best football program, school atmosphere, and where I can excel academically,"Shindelar said.
Right now the Tigers biggest obstacle to landing Kolton Shindelar looks to be Tulsa.
"Tulsa has recruiting me the longest and were first to offer me. I have a relationship with the coaches and I am looking forward to my visit there. I am still getting to develop that same relationship with the Missouri coaches,"he said.
Shindelar was unsure of his season totals for 2012, but said he would prefer to play TE in college.
"Missouri says Tight End or Defensive End. Memphis and Tulsa both say Tight End. I like TE better, but I can play either. I played DE as a junior, and my size,strength and speed off the edge could be well suited for DE. However, I think my speed and ability to make plays and versatility of having played both a traditional TE in a heavy package, along with also play in the slot and at receiver in the spread, as well as behind the line as a fullback /H-Back in a Wildcat set makes be valuable on offense,"said Shindelar.
The 2nd Team All-State TE performer ran a handheld 4.48 at Iowa State summer camp, and a 4.6 laser forty at Nebraska's summer camp he attended at 230lbs. He is also a standout out track performer in the 200 meters, hurdles and triple jump.
Besides being fast for his size, Shindelar has good strength with reported maxes in the bench press of of 315lbs, 455lbs in the squat, and a power clean of 265lbs.
ShowMeMizzou.com will follow up with Kolton Shindelar's recruitment leading up until signing day.