The move to the SEC has seen the Missouri Tigers football program dive into recruiting states like Georgia and Florida headfirst in an attempt to stake claim to some of the superior athletes those state produce in that sport on a yearly basis.
Another Sunshine State standout on the Tigers target board with an offer is Pensacola (FL) West Florida Tech DT/DE Nate Crawford 6'4" 260 4.91 forty.
"I received my offer from them about 3-4 weeks ago," said Crawford regarding his Tiger offer. "Coach Jones is my main recruiter, and I have also talked with Coach Henson and Coach Kuligowski from the staff. They said they researched me and watched my film and really liked what they saw. They also said they talked to a lot of people, including my coaches, about me and that I am the type of person they look for to add to their program. They like how I have worked hard and done the things I need to both in and out of class."
The Tiger staff hasn't been the only ones doing their research.
"I have been doing my own research about Missouri as a school and football program and I like what I have seen. They are a great school and they have had a lot of success on the football field in the past. Them moving to the SEC is big and you can tell they will continue to have success there. I am not in the financial state to take a trip there over the summer most likely, but they are school I would like to take an official visit to. I would say they are among my top 5 at the moment," said Crawford.
Nate told me that he had around 12 offers presently. Among those top schools he is considering are South Florida, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Louisville, all whom he has offers from, along with Missouri. He will be camping at Auburn, Florida State and Ole Miss during July.
Crawford, who recorded 80 tackles and 6 sacks as a junior, described himself as a run stopping defender who can also get to the Quarterback and that schools including Missouri are recruiting him as defensive tackle.
He broke down his criteria that would be looking for to help make his decision.
"I am looking for a good campus with great people. Good people and support system to help me be able to succeed. I am talking coaches and teachers, and a good program in my major, which will be either engineering or business. Distance won't be a factor. The dream of playing in the SEC is big,"said Crawford.
Nate Crawford self reported testing numbers of 4.91 in the forty, a 4.4 shuttle, 31" vertical jump, 335lbs in the bench and 500lbs in the squat.
ShowMeMizzou.com will continue to update on his recruitment.