While Marquette big man Ryan Rosburg took his time and made visits and listened to many coaches about playing for them, in the back of his mind he always knew where he wanted to play basketball in college.
"I grew up a Mizzou fan and always dreamed of being able to play basketball at the University of Missouri my whole life, so I knew that unless something bad happened on my official visit this past weekend that I would be a Tiger,"said Rosburg. "I mean they had always been the front runner, so there wasn't really a number two team. Both Tennessee and Missouri State were even after Mizzou. I just wanted to see for myself on the visit to make sure about what I already knew."
Rosburg let Coach Haith actually know he was coming to Columbia last night in a phone call.
"I spoke to Coach Haith last night and told him I was a Tiger. He was pretty excited and screamed. He wants to keep the local talent at home,"said Rosburg.
Since he knew for awhile that Missouri was the place for him, I asked Ryan what the determining factor in finally committing was?
"Missouri just felt like home. That and I would say Coach Haith. I am thrilled that I am going to get to play for him. He is an awesome guy and him being here fits my style of play and will allow me to live my dream and play for Missouri. If Coach Anderson was still here I know I would not be because my style of play did not fit his system."
Ryan's brother Andy joined the team last week as a walk-on and I inquired if that played any role in his joining the Tigers.
"No. He did not walk –on because of me and I did not pick Missouri because of him. I wasn't gonna go there just because of him, but we have played together our whole lives, so it will be awesome to be able to play together next year on the same team."
I also spoke to Ryan about the possibility of playing right away next year when he comes in.
"Playing right away would be great. I know with Ricardo and others leaving that there will be a need for bigs to step in and step up. I think a lot of that will depend on me and working hard to come in ready to compete and play."
So now that he is in the fold, I wanted to know if he had any plans to try and help bring any other talent along in this or future classes.
" I haven't really been focused on any recruiting except my own. I do talk to Travis (Jorgenson), who is committed for the 2013 class. We want to bring as many other great players in with us to help build the team. I know Stefan Jankovic will be at the Black & Gold game on Friday along with myself and Travis. We need to work on him and hopefully he will join us at Missouri."said Rosburg.