One of the most targeted positions for the Missouri Tigers in their 2012 football recruiting class, if not the most targeted, has been the defensive line position. We have reported thoroughly on the many defensive linemen recruited by the Tigers, and while they have good group of D-line commits, and have a talented 3-star visiting this weekend, they are still beating the bushes and evaluating a few more last minute in the hopes of possibly finding some more talent to add to the position.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with the high school coach of one Florida Defensive Tackle prospect that the Missouri Tigers are evaluating late, and could have a final decision on either today or Thursday.
Antonio Know is the head football coach at St. Petersburg (FL) Gibbs high school, where 2012 DT Albert McCoy 6'5" 265lbs is receiving attention late from schools such as Missouri, Maryland, Kansas, USF and others. According to Coach Knox, the Tigers have been showing attention to his late-bloomer, and we will know soon if things will materialize to an official visit or possible offer shortly.
"Missouri came through and has been in contact to find out more about Albert, see if he was really 6'5" and get his highlight tape from his senior season," said coach Knox. " Coach Jones said they liked his tape and how he played on it. His athleticism and his motor. He told me that they would be getting back with me on Wednesday or Thursday to let me know if they would pursue this to the point of Albert taking an official visit or an offer. I told Albert that this is a business, and now we'll just sit back and wait to see what happens. There are other schools recruiting him, so he will have some options."
I asked Coach Knox if he knew what Albert's specific thoughts on Missouri might be?
"He really likes Missouri a lot and hopes that an offer comes his way. They are really his dream school at this point. He has researched them and knows that they have the program he wants to study in the Arts, plus, they are a very good football school and will be playing in the SEC, which is a great conference,"said Knox.
Coach Knox, who said McCoy had a top four of Missouri, Maryland, Florida Atlantic and Buffalo, while having offers and interest from Ball State, Kansas and South Florida as well, described the type of player Albert McCoy is and what a school could have on their hands in the future if he goes there.
"Albert is a great worker, very determined. He is a late bloomer who has a great motor, is a legit 6'5" 265lbs, and is not even close to reaching his ceiling as a player. This is my first year here and he has never really been coached before or spent the time in the weight room until now. He is 265 now but will easily be able to get up to 300lbs and maintain his speed, quickness and athleticism. I test guys in the 400 meters and Albert runs it in 65 seconds, which is really good for a guy his size. He has long arms, uses his hands well and disengages really well from offensive linemen. He was a tougher player this year and made a lot of plays for us, including 23 tackles for loss," he said.
Coach Knox told me that Albert McCoy was versatile enough to play multiple positions along the line, but that defensive tackle would be his best fit in college.
Coach Knox also said that McCoy is good academically with a 3.5 GPA and a 19 test score already.
ShowMeMizzou.com will follow-up and update you regarding Albert McCoy's recruitment and the Missouri Tigers.