The month of December has traditionally been a big one for the Missouri Tigers for football recruiting. In years past we have seen entire classes pretty much wrapped up by Christmas. This year is likely to be different with recruits visiting in January and the class possibly not being entirely wrapped up until signing day.
ShowMeMizzou.com has learned of a couple of visitors expected this weekend, with next weekend bringing in a larger number of recruits.
Missouri RB commit Chase Abbington will be taking his official visit this weekend and updated us on the latest with him.
"I'm taking my official visit to Mizzou this weekend,"said Abbington."I am looking forward to it. I am not sure who else might be there this weekend, but things were rough for me with injuries this year, so I am ready to move on."
Chase elaborated on his injury situation for me.
"I had a high ankle sprain I dealt with and I separated my shoulder in the 3rd game of the season in the Howell North game diving for a touchdown.So I had a bad year,"he said.
Despite the injuries and missing a few games, Abbington still ran for almost 1,000 yards and 13 TDs while recording 50 tackles on defense. It also hasn't prevented schools from continuing to recruit him, including LSU, who has been in his ear and wanting him to visit.
"LSU offered me back over the summer. They want me as a receiver or safety. I am 100% solid to Missouri as of now. I am a running back and want to play that in college and that's where the Tigers want me. Plus, my Mom doesn't want me to leave. She loves Mizzou as much as I do."
Another official visitor we have learned about that is suppose to be in campus this weekend is Alief (TX) Taylor DE Ogbonnia Okoronwo 6'3" 220 4.5 forty, who is committed to Oklahoma State and has also visited Oklahoma. Word is that Okoronkwo is looking at his options at this time and his final decision on signing day will come from those three schools according sources.
Okoronwo's teammate and fellow DE Duke Ejiofor 6'4" 210 4.53 forty, who ShowMeMizzou.com reported on last month told us that Missouri defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski has told him that if the Tigers have not filled that position by January that they will offer him then. Ejiofor is currently committed to Rice and will be taking an official visit to Houston in January.
Kansas City (MO) Center defensive tackle informed me that he will be taking his official visit to Missouri on December 7th. Collins updated us about where his recruitment was at.
"Coach Hill from Mizzou came by to see me today and talk,"Collins said." I will be visiting there on the 7th of December. Missouri and Nebraska are my top 2 schools. Right now Mizzou is my only official visit I have scheduled."
I asked Maliek what is was about those two schools that made them his top two?
"They are both great and stable schools," said Collins.
Maliek was recently named a finalist for the Buck Buchanan award, which honors the best lineman/linebacker in the KC metro area. Collins recorded 115 tackles 17 sacks 5 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries as a senior. Several other Missouri commits were also nominated for awards and Collins spoke to them there.