RECRUITING: Surprise! Criswell Is A Tiger!

Leo Criswell just injected an element of surprise into the rather dull fall signing period. In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Criswell signed his papers on Tuesday and shipped them to the Midwest.

If you're looking for a surprise in the rather uneventful fall recruiting period then look no further. Expected to sign scholarship papers with Kentucky this week after visiting the school last weekend, Leo Criswell will sign his letter with Missouri.

The native of Kansas City is ranked as one of the top power forwards in the country and the No. 52 prospect overall. Well traveled in the last 12 months, Criswell settled in at Coastal Christian (soon to be referred to as The Sports Institute) earlier in the fall.

Just last weekend he visited Kentucky and it was thought that the Wildcats would prevail in his recruitment.

"That's what he wanted to do [initially], but it was so far away from home that it raised some questions with his immediate family," The Sports Institute head coach Walter Webb said.

"He had UNLV and Missouri's paperwork in front of him. He said he wasn't going to sign unless Kentucky tells him no. Then Kentucky brought him out for a visit."

However, in the day following the Kentucky visit, Criswell's family raised the question of distance and Missouri quickly re-gained ground on Kentucky. Missouri had recruited Criswell a long time and brought him in for a successful visit.

Missouri now has a Top 100 prospect in the fold. Criswell joins wing Keaton Grant and wing Matt Lawrence, both of whom signed during the early period.

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