The Missouri Tigers have picked up another verbal commitment for the 2012 class, this one from among the official visitors that the Tigers hosted on the weekend of December 9-11. ShowMeMizzou.com has confirmed that TB Russell Hansbrough 5'8" 182 4.48 Arlington (TX) Bowie has committed to Missouri.
"I committed to Missouri today," said Hansbrough. "I talked to Coach Pinkel and Coach Steckel."
"I'm very proud, now," Hansbrough continued, talking about his decision to play at Missouri. "Because now I get to play in the SEC, which is where I always wanted to play. And, my family is going to get to see me play. My family is from Mississippi,Tennessee, and Georgia. All of them will get to see me play."
Hansbrough had been committed to Arizona State since July, but the coaching change left him open to exploring his options. Missouri had been interested in Hansbrough from the beginning, and some late-season developments had the Tigers looking to add someone like Hansbrough to their 2012 signing class.
Hansbrough told ShowMeMizzou.com that he had spoken to Arizona State, and that he had informed them that he was no longer committed to the Sun Devils.
"I like all of the coaches (at Missouri)," explained Hansbrough. "They were pretty friendly. They all treated me just like family."
Though Hansbrough missed three games late in his senior year with a high ankle sprain, he was still able to rush for 1238 yards on 131 carries, and score and 18 TDs for his 9-4 Bowie team.
"The (Missouri) offense fits me perfectly," said Hansbrough. "It's a spread offense, and they get the ball out to the running backs. That's where I'm especially dangerous, out in space."
Hansbrough is an explosive, tough ball-carrier, who appears to be a good fit in the Missouri offense. Hansbrough appears to be in position to come in and challenge for playing time from the start.