Besides being on the large national stage this past Saturday night when they beat Oklahoma 37-26,the Missouri Tiger football program was on a smaller stage for a number of talented recruits from the 2012 class,as well.
One of those recruits was Kenton (OH) QB Maty Mauk 6'2"190 who is the leading passer in the state of Ohio and is being mentioned among the top quarterbacks in the Midwest and perhaps country for the current junior class, who has passed for over 3,900 yards and 47 TDs already this season.
Mauk made an unofficial visit to Missouri back over the summer and told ShowMeMizzou.com about how much he liked it and would return sometime during the Tiger season.
Mauk spoke with us Sunday after returning home from his most recent visit to Missouri and shared his thoughts on what he saw and experienced.
"It was great! Better then I ever expected it to be",said Mauk. "The fans, the atmosphere, it was the biggest game I have ever attended. My Dad and I are still talking about it and how great it was."
Mauk spoke in glowing terms of his time in Columbia and before and after the game.
" I could not believe how nice everyone was there. Despite it being such a big game, fans,coaches, players all took time to talk with everyone and pay attention to us. It really made me feel wanted by the Tigers. I also liked how close the team was. After the game no one goes off by themselves. They all stay together like a family. That was big with me."
Maty got the chance to sit with other recruits at the game and found himself really into what was going on.
"I met one of the top wide receivers in the state of Missouri, Durron Neal, and the lineman from Texas, Michael Boddie who was on a visit along with a lot of other people. I was really focused on the game though thinking about it being me playing on each play. How I would do in this offense. I could see myself playing here."
And where do the Tigers rank after his most recent visit?
"I would say that Missouri and Notre Dame are my top 2 schools. I really like the coaches and how they really make me feel wanted at Mizzou. I will be making a visit to Notre Dame soon. I also want to come back here and visit Mizzou again soon this season."
ShowMeMizzou.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Maty Mauk as he considers the Missouri football program as a possible destination.