The Missouri Tiger football program has been focusing like a laser at recruiting positions of need for the 2012 class for the most part up to this point. One position that we have not heard a lot about has been the tight end spot, which is an important part of the Missouri offense and has produced several All-Americans over the past few years playing there.
ShowMeMizzou.com has learned that Waco (TX) Reicher Catholic 2012 TE prospect Jordan Smith 6'5" 225lbs (4.65 self reported 40 time) will be making an unofficial visit to the University of Missouri on Monday with the hopes of garnering a Missouri football offer.
We spoke with Smith about his upcoming visit and thoughts on the Tigers football program.
"I am coming up to Missouri for an unofficial visit on Monday," said Smith, who will be attending an Arkansas camp on Saturday. "I first started hearing from Missouri about two weeks ago and I have talked with Coach Odom and he said that they like my film and are looking for a tight end in this years class since they are losing a couple of great tight ends this year including Michael Egnew. So I am going to head up to Columbia on Sunday after attending camp at the University of Arkansas on Saturday, and I will look around and check things out on an unofficial at Mizzou on Monday."
Jordan spoke very highly about Missouri and seems to be familiar with the Tiger offense and how they use their tight ends.
"Missouri is great. It would be great to get an offer from them. They are a good program and have great coaches that have been together a long time. I love the great way they use their tight ends. I mean, a tight end getting 90 receptions is almost unheard of in football, so I think I could do great things in their offense. We run a lot of the same plays here at my high school and run the same offense. I am split out wide most of the time, but I come in and play along the line sometimes," he said.
While he is hoping that his upcoming trips lead to offers from both schools, Jordan, who is planning to major in computer science, is taking things in stride and not concerned about what comes from them.
"It would be great to get an offer from them , but my plan right now is to go into the season undecided if I don't get an offer from Missouri or Arkansas. I don't want to make a rash decision, but I know how big an offer from those schools would be and I would have a lot to think about as far as committing to either of those schools."
Jordan said that his parents are "100% behind his decision" whenever and whatever he makes, and leaving it entirely up to him. He did say that his father would be accompanying him both to Arkansas and Missouri.
Smith also plays DE at Reicher and competes in the 110 meter, 300 meter hurdles and triple jump for his high school track team which he led in each category.
ShowMeMizzou.com will follow up on Jordan Smith's unofficial visit and continued to follow his recruitment.