The Missouri Tigers have developed a reputation for recruiting and developing talented quarterbacks under Gary Pinkel during his time at Missouri. His last three quarterbacks are currently in the NFL and that can be a big factor in drawing attention from and signing more talented quarterbacks for the future.
The Tigers seem to have continued their trend of landing top flight QB prospects by getting a verbal pledge for the class of 2012 from Kenton (OH) gunslinger Maty Mauk 6'2" 195 4.6 who committed to Missouri on Thursday.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Maty about his decision after his busy day on Thursday to get his thoughts picking the Tigers to play his college football for.
"I am really excited about coming to Missouri," said Mauk about his college choice. " I was gonna hold off for a while longer, but we were on vacation and I was going to make an unofficial visit there and was thinking about it a lot. Then on Tuesday I realized that I wanted to commit to them. I knew on Tuesday I wanted to play for Missouri for sure."
"I mean, Coach Pinkel and Coach Yost, all the coaches really are great and the main reason. They are all about family and if I am going to be spending the next 4 years of my life with people you want to know that they are there for you, and I know they will be there for you all the time. Also, the offense is a perfect fit for me. I have played the spread the last 3 years and the transition to college will be easier for me."
I asked Maty regarding how he felt about possibly red-shirting and where he saw himself in 3 years from now?
"I am not planning on red-shirting. I want to come in an compete right away for the starting quarterback job," he said. "Hopefully in 3 years from now I will be the starting quarterback at the University of Missouri and will win a National Championship for Coach Pinkel. I know this recruiting class I will be coming in with is going to be special, and we will be coming in together to win a National Championship at Missouri."
Mauk said that he is in contact with other Missouri recruits and they he himself plans to take on the recruiter role.
"I talk to Jonathan Williams quite a bit, he has really helped encourage me to come to Missouri. I know I am going to join him and find out who he wants me to help him recruit to become Tigers. I also got the chance to hang out with Dorial Green-Beckham on vacation before my unofficial visit down in Springfield while we were at my sister's," he said.
Maty said his time with Dorial Green-Beckham was just a couple of friends hanging out.
"We talk on Facebook and since I was down there in town we decided to meet up. We played some basketball for a few hours and just hung out and talked football and then played some catch with the football. It was my first time meeting him in person. He is an impressive athlete. Hopefully, I can help get him to come to Missouri with me. I know he'd be a great teammate to have."
I also wanted to know if he had been paying attention to another high profile quarterback who has been considering the Tigers and his recruitment, Gunner Kiel.
"I don't know Gunner. We have never really talked, so I did not know what his plans were. I was only focused on what I was going to do."
Since the family vacation turned into Maty making a commitment, I asked him how they felt about his decision.
"They're really happy for me," said Mauk. "They also really like Coach Pinkel and Coach Yost and I really wanted my Mom to be able to see things. I had been there before, so it was more for her benefit."
Mauk has a bust schedule of 7 on 7 tournaments ahead in Ohio, at Vanderbilt and in Alabama over the next few weeks before the start of two a days to begin his senior season.