The Missouri Tigers have been on the recruiting trail checking on prospects who have been on their radar, but for various reasons had not been offered due to them being committed to other schools or waiting to have qualifying situations cleared up.
One such recruit is Broken Arrow (OK) WR/S/CB Levi Copelin 6'2" 185 4.38 forty- 36" vertical.
Copelin has been recruited by the Tigers for months, and even made an unofficial visit to Missouri for their game against Texas. Since then, Copelin, who had been committed to Houston, had been hearing from the Tigers, but finally heard what he had been waiting on for a long time.
"Missouri offered me this past weekend," said Copelin. " I have been waiting on an offer from them for a long time. Coach Henson has been recruiting me a long time and I have built a good relationship with him."
The speedy athlete has since de-committed from Houston and plans on committing to the University of Missouri on his official visit he will be taking this coming weekend.
" I have already told the coaches that I plan on coming to Missouri. I have my mind made up that I am finalizing it and committing on my visit this weekend when I am there. I am going to be a Tiger," said Copelin.
I asked Copelin, who recorded 9 interceptions from his safety position this past season and had over 500 yards receiving on offense, his thoughts about the Tiger football program?
"I feel really blessed. This is a great opportunity for me. Missouri is great football program. I know they are going to compete in the SEC and it's a great time for them to go in an make a statement about how good they are. It will be a great opportunity for me to show what I can do and make a name for myself. Great school. Great coaches."
And why did he feel it took so long for the Tigers to come around with the offer?
"I needed to get my grades in order and I have done that. Once schools saw that I have that taken care of a bunch of schools came calling and offered. Missouri is the place I really was hoping for and it happened.," said Copelin.
Levi said that he was being recruited as an Athlete and could play on either side of the ball. He also said that he probably preferred playing defense, but that he heard that there may be a battle between the coaches as to whether he winds up on offense or defense.
His is the Tigers 17th known commitment.
ShowMeMizzou.com will follow-up with Copelin after his official visit this weekend.