Missouri hosted several unofficial visitors for their Spring Game, including a north of the border 2013 OT prospect in David Knevel 6'8" 290 Brantford (Canada) Pauline Johnson. ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Knevel about his visit, and he told me that he picked up an offer from the Tigers on Saturday.
"(My visit to Missouri) was awesome! Great people. Great alumni," said Knevel. "Everything was like amazing! Everyone seemed to love being a part of Mizzou football. That was one thing that I really liked, seeing all of the returning players just walk down there and be greeted by the coaches. I really like the coaching staff, great guys. I was just really fortunate being involved in an event like that. It was awesome!"
"They offered me that day," said Knevel, speaking of receiving his first offer from Missouri. "I sat down with Coach Jones and the offensive line staff, and we talked a little bit, and then they just offered. It was my first offer. It was great! They offered me based upon my video and the meeting…………………………………….. They just said that ‘we really want you to be a part of Mizzou football'."
Knevel said that he doesn't know about a timetable for a decision.
"I just want to keep my options open," explained Knevel. "I don't want to commit really, you know. But, I really like Mizzou football. I just don't want to rush into anything."
"It was great! I really liked the city (of Columbia) too," said Knevel. "It's kind of like where I'm from in Canada, just quite a bit warmer."
Knevel is seventeen years old, and it sounds like he could potentially matriculate to college in January. He said that he also plays basketball, and that his biggest asset is his footwork. He gave up playing hockey a few years ago, but he said that he can still skate very well.
Knevel talked about what he's looking for in a school.
"All of these schools have great facilities," explained Knevel. "Really when it comes down to it, you go and look at these schools and their facilities, me coming from Canada, it's just like wow. What it really comes down to is the people. And, Missouri has great people. And, I really like that."
"I just want to say thank you to Coach Jones for everything that he's done," said Knevel.
Knevel said that he's been selected to play football for Team Canada this summer in Austin, Texas. He'd like to attend a Missouri camp this summer, as well. But, he's not sure about the dates and making travel arraignments.
"I'll have to talk to Coach Jones to figure out when I can make it," explained Knevel. "(Missouri) is my top choice, right now………………………………… They're great guys. I really like Missouri the most."