The word "athlete" is often spread around loosely in describing the commitments of many schools. For Missouri, the word athlete may not be used more properly than when describing 6'4 205 S/OLB Edgar Givens, whom gave the Tigers their fourth verbal commitment this spring.
"We have our players run twelve forty yard dashes, and take the average," New Madrid Head Coach Arlen Pixley said. "Edgar averaged a 4.58 to go along with a 4.17 in the pro agility, 7.19 in the three cone drill, a 34' inch vertical, and a 9'4 broad jump."
Edgar will use that speed and agility this spring in competing in the 200, 4x100, long jump, and triple jump.
Edgar, also a stand-out basketball player, performed very well in weight room tests as well.
"He has very good strength," Coach Pixley added. "His bench is 255 lbs., squat is 385 lbs., clean is 240 lbs., and he has a 455 deadlift."
"Missouri is going to use him as an outside safety. He will play close to the line of scrimmage for run support, but also offers excellent coverage."
So what type of player are the Tigers adding?
"He is very rangy, and has a lot of knowledge in his coverages and blitzes. He has good hands in causing seperation. His motor never stops running, and he has a nose for the ball."
There is one characteristic that really stands out in Coach Pixley's opinion, though.
"He has such a nasty demeanor out on the field. He never has a bad day, and loves playing football. That is what will put him over the top compared to the others, and allow him to have success."
Missouri's recruitment in New Madrid Central High School will not stop with Edgar, though, as Coach Pixley features two other prospects.
"Edgar may not even be our best athlete. We have 6'1", 210 lbs.,ILB, Remond Willis and 6'1", 180 lbs.,WR/FS, Mackal Kimble. Willis is receiving interest from Missouri, Duke, Arkansas, Kansas, and Kansas State. The same list applies for Kimble, except for Duke."