It was a big weekend for Missouri basketball, as 2012 big man Jarnell Stokes 6'8" 245 Memphis (TN) was on hand to observe the Tigers work out on Saturday afternoon prior to the football game. After he returned home, Stokes spoke with ShowMeMizzou about his visit, and gave us some of his thoughts regarding his recruitment.
"(The visit) went very well," said Stokes. "It went much better than I thought it would go. I had a lot of fun. It was like my first visit. It was fun!"
"First, I saw how the guys work," continued Jarnell. "And, they go at it in their practice!"
"Then, we went to the football game. It was my first time tailgating, and it was like, everybody knew who I was," said Stokes, as he laughed. "Laurence, Laurence Bowers, he was just walking like from every, he was walking all around."
Stokes intimated that he was impressed by the fan support, saying that "everybody liked the basketball team. Everybody had something to say about the basketball team................. Everybody loves Coach Anderson. That's all they talk about."
Stokes currently holds offers from an impressive list of schools, including Missouri, Tennessee, Miami, Marquette, Memphis, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, Georgetown, and Wake Forest, among others.
Stokes is planning an unofficial visit to Tennessee, to take in the Alabama football game. He doesn't have a favorite list per se, or a timetable for narrowing his choices.
"I like Missouri, but I'm still a junior," explained Stokes. "So, I have like another year............... I'm wide open, but after this weekend, Missouri went to high on my list................. I'm real close with Coach Anderson, and Coach T.J. (Cleveland)."
He did talk about some of the things that he's looking for in a school, saying that he "wants to have freedom at the forward position", and that he "wants to win".
ShowMeMizzou will continue to follow Jarnell Stokes' recruitment.