With the way that Missouri has produced quarterbacks, and thrown the ball around the yard, many wide receivers see Missouri as a very desirable destination to take their talents. Missouri has several offers out to wide-receivers for the 2012 recruiting class, and one of the chosen few recently took time to visit with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he gave us an update on his recruitment.
After confirming that he has received a Missouri offer, 2012 WR Austin Aikens 6'1" 180 4.52 Tampa (FL) Plant talked about his interest in Missouri, and his recruitment.
Aikens currently holds offers from Iowa, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Temple, Boston College, and FIU, in addition to Missouri. He's been to visit some East Coast schools, including Duke, N.C. State, North Carolina, and Wake Forest, as part of a trip he took with his high school team.
Aikens is planning to visit Missouri, "maybe sometime this month", but doesn't have a date scheduled for the visit.
Aikens is a precise route-runner, with good hands and receiving skills, who reports a 42" vertical, and a 4.09 second 20-yard shuttle. He also reported averaging 22.4 yards/catch from the Z WR position, in an offense that he described as "the same offense" as Missouri. He also returns kicks for Plant.
Aikens said that Missouri, Iowa, and Vanderbilt are recruiting him the hardest.
"I'm still pretty wide open," explained Aikens, talking about the current status of his recruitment. "I'm not going to make a decision until the end of my senior season."
Aikens reported that, "North Carolina and Georgia have a lot of interest in me. And, N.C. State" has been showing interest.
"I'm looking for a good coaching staff," replied Aikens, when asked about his criteria for choosing a school. "A school that has a really good graduation rate, because I want to graduate. And, a team that throws the ball a lot."
ShowMeMizzou.com will continue to follow Austin Aikens' recruitment.