In addition to the 85 scholarship players who will report for the Missouri Tigers in August, there will also be some new walk-ons joining the team for fall camp. ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with one promising 2012 preferred walk-on, in CB prospect Justin Gaston 6'0" 190 Toledo (OH) Rogers, following his visit to Missouri, and he confirmed that he will indeed be walking on at Missouri.
"I'm very excited and looking forward to being a part of this wonderful school and (football) program," said Gaston, who plans to matriculate to Missouri in June. "I'm probably going to major in journalism, and I'll play corner (at Missouri)."
Gaston is a good-looking athlete who has good size for the corner, as well as the speed and athleticism that the Tigers look for at the position. He appears to me to be something of a late bloomer, having grown during the past couple of years. Gaston reports a 34" vertical to go along with a 4.46 second time in the forty-yard dash.
Gaston transferred from Whitmer to Rogers before his senior year. Gaston had played quarterback and safety at Whitman, and had drawn recruiting interest. He was playing on both sides of the football again, at receiver and at corner, to begin his senior season at Rogers. He suffered an ankle sprain in the third game, and with his season ended, his recruitment died down.
Gaston talked about how he ended up at Missouri.
"After I rehabbed from my injury, I stayed in the weight room," explained Gaston. "My dad is real good friends with Tony Temple. He was telling (the Missouri staff) about me, and they looked at my film from my senior year. They liked me, and they decided to give me a chance to walk on and to possibly earn a scholarship."
"I really enjoyed my visit to Missouri," said Gaston, whose uncle lives in the Kansas City area. "I decided that Missouri would be the best place for me. It's a wonderful place, and I'm really looking forward to getting started there."