As part of the Missouri Tigers 2011 signing class, they signed four offensive line prospects to add to the trenches on offense. Early in the 2012 class we can see the focus to add some beef to the O-line will continue with the 2012 class.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke recently with one offensive lineman who already holds a verbal offer from the Tigers for 2012 to find out more about him and gets his thoughts on Missouri and recruiting overall.
Meet Athens (TX) OG/C prospect Cameron Bailey 6'3" 310lbs 5.0 forty.
"Missouri is the first school to offer me," said Bailey. " I got my offer the same day that Kendall Sanders got his, and it feels great!"
Bailey did not doubt his abilities on the football field, but given the position he plays for Athens, he wasn't sure if it would translate to offers from D1 schools.
" A lot of people have been telling me that I would have a chance to play D1 ball, but I didn't believe them cause you never know if they are just telling you that or not. So, I was surprised and happy to get this first offer,"said Bailey. "I knew I had it in me, but I play tight end here in the Wing-T offense, so I wasn't sure. But it goes to show hard work pays off."
I asked Cameron about his thoughts on the Tigers and what he might know about them already.
"I like Missouri. I have watched them play on TV and I like the way they play football. It'd be a good place to go to school and play at. A long way from Athens- and I am looking to leave Texas to go to school. Get away and see another part of the country. But it's still Big 12 and they have a good team and coaches. I want to get up there and see it. If they invite me to a junior day I will be there."
While Bailey did not get the ball thrown his way as a 3010lb tight end, he understands his role and why schools such as Missouri,Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St.,Texas Tech, Baylor, SMU and Texas are recruiting him.
"I'm a big,strong and physical blocker,"he said. "I am the most physical and aggressive player you will find on the field. That my goal when I play. To put my opponent on his back every time and put him on the ground."
He told me that most schools are recruiting him as an offensive guard, but that he thinks he could play possibly play center.
Cameron also listed an early top 5 of Missouri,Oklahoma St., Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech.
While he is not sure what he wants to major in at whatever schools he attends, he hopes to make his decision sometime before or during his senior season. He also knows what he is looking for in a school he plans to pick.
"I want someplace I feel at home. I want to play football,win, got to bowl games and like the coaches and get an education."