"Missouri Is Big On My List"

Talented underclassmen claims Missouri offer and shares his thoughts about the Tigers, Coach Haith and his recruitment overall, including an upcoming visit

Raleigh (NC) Upper Room junior forward Tyrek Coger has spent some time getting to know the NC State coaches, but the Wolfpack and others are currently chasing a Big 12 team who holds the lead in Coger's recruitment.

"I went over to State recently and played some pickup," said Coger. "I also went over there and met the new coaching staff. Coach Early is recruiting me. He's a real cool guy... they all seem real cool.

"They told me I'm going to be one of their top targets in 2013, and they really want to recruit me."

Coger teams up with combo guard Rodney Purvis to give Upper Room one of the top one-two punches in the state. Both players were originally in the same class, but Purvis has reclassified up and was a junior this past season while Coger completed his sophomore year.

"There wasn't a need for Rodney to stay in 2013," said Coger. "He dominates the class. It was good for him to move on up."

While Coger and Purvis have some of the same schools, they also have different options. Is there a chance they could play together on the next level?

"I don't know," said Coger. "It depends on how things play out. If he goes to State or Kentucky then maybe because I'm looking at both of them, but I'm not really looking at Duke. If it's one of the first two though I could see maybe going there to play with him."

Coger, who checks in at 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, will play the power forward or center position on the next level. He recently starred at the Dave Telep Carolina Challenge, and he is considered one of the top prospects in North Carolina's 2013 class.

He claims offers from Virginia Tech, VCU, and Missouri, and is hearing from NC state, Georgetown, and Kentucky among others.

"Missouri is big on my list," said Coger. "I'm still liking NC State because they are in the backyard, and I like Georgetown too."

Coger plans on taking an unofficial to Missouri this weekend. The Tigers have made a big push after hiring Frank Haith from Miami, and one of Haith's first moves was hiring Tim Fuller, who is connected to Coger's AAU program, CP3 All-Stars, away from Louisville.

"I'm excited about this visit," said Coger. "Missouri's my leader because I like the facilities and I have a great relationship with coach Frank and coach Fuller.

"I love Missouri. I like how they treat their players and develop all their players."

Coger likes Missouri so much that he says he could be close to reaching a decision.

"I could maybe commit if it goes well when I'm at Missouri," said Coger. "It just depends on if it goes the way I think it could.

"If I don't feel like the time is right then I'm thinking I might commit by either the end of the summer or at the McDonald's or Jordan game my senior year."

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