The depth of the potential D1 players in the Missouri class of 2013 continues to be impressive as recruiting season for the next class continues to heat up.
Another talented offensive line prospect who is emerging as a high level prospect that colleges are after is St. Louis (MO) University High OG/C prospect Alec Abeln 6'4" 270 (5.2 forty), who was among the many standout at the recent Elite Football Combine.
Abeln, who is very explosive and athletic for an interior lineman, and is also a top flight student, has been hearing from primarily Ivy League schools such as Penn, Harvard and others, along with Tulsa,but has a new school increasing it's interest level in him that he will be taking an unofficial visit to on Wednesday.
"Missouri has started recruiting me lately, and invited me in for an unofficial visit this Wednesday,"said Abeln. "Coach Kornfeld informed me that Missouri was interested, and I talked to Coach Henson for the first time for about 45 minutes about general stuff in life along with academics and my film. He told me what they (Missouri) liked about me as a player, and gave me some suggestion to help me and stuff. I really enjoyed the talk and like Coach Henson. Since then I have talked to Coach Ford, who is my recruiting coach, and he told me that they hope to take at least 4 kids for the offensive line in 2013, and that I was right up there in the mix with players they are considering."
Abeln has a special connection to Missouri that few potential recruits can say that they have. Even among those whose father may have played football at Mizzou.
"My Mom was Truman the Tiger when she went to Missouri," said Abeln in a surprising revelation. "When she went to school at Missouri she was Truman and she tells some interesting stories about it. When I told Coach Ford about it he said that it was a sign."
Since not everyone can say that their Mother was Truman the Tiger, it comes as no surprise that Alec has a special feeling for the Tigers himself.
"I love Mizzou! I have been a fan my whole live and some of my earliest memories have been going up there to game and being on campus. My Mom is a big Mizzou fan, obviously, and so is my Dad," said Abeln.
I asked Abeln about the possibility of him committing to Missouri should an offer come his way sometime in the near future.
"It's something that has been on my mind a lot since Mizzou started talking seriously to me. I love the thought of getting an Ivy League education from a Penn or Harvard and what that means. I want to major in business or engineering or something in the medical field, so those schools would be great for that. However, I don't know if there is any other place other then Mizzou that would be for me. The chance to play football at such a high level at a place that I love would be hard to pass up. Plus, I could probably go to grad school at one of those Ivy League schools after Mizzou."
Missouri isn't the only new school who has come calling as of late. The University of Illinois has also come calling to Alec to gauge his interest in them and let him know that they are interested in him and his abilities.
"Illinois contacted me and told me that they like my film and want me to come up for a junior day there. I think I may be going there next Friday. Coach Salem has expressed interest in me."
Alec tells me that Tulsa has referred to him as an "offer guy" that they consider to be in line for an offer from them, and that they are a school he has also been considering.
ShowMeMizzou.com will follow up on his unofficial visit to Missouri along with his continued recruitment.
Player Analysis: Alec Abeln is one of the most athletic and explosive lineman in the Missouri class of 2013. He also displays great technique with his run and pass blocking ability, and is aggressive in finishing his blocks. He has a great kick step and does a very good job using his hands and directing his opponent keeping them in front of him. He has the ability to play either offensive guard or center in college, and does a great job playing defensive tackle when given the opportunity in high school. He was among the top offensive line prospects at the recent Elite Football Combine, and tested very well showcasing his athletic ability. He also stood out at the Show-Me Combine in 2011 among the offensive linemen. He was also very impressive in the one on one's and credit the SLUH coaching staff and Coach Kornfeld, along with his training at Elite Football Academy, and especially EFA offensive line coach Jamie Pond.
Alec Abeln Junior Highlights