On Monday, Missouri hosted an unofficial visitor in 2014 OL Dalton Risner 6’4” 285 Wiggins (CO), who came in expecting to receive a Missouri scholarship offer. Following his unofficial visit to Missouri, Risner spoke to ShowMeMizzou.com, and he talked about his visit, and his Missouri offer.
Risner has attended Kansas State’s Junior Day on Saturday where he received an offer from the Wildcats. Then, he and his family drove on over to Missouri, where the staff confirmed his Missouri offer.
“I had a great visit! Missouri really rolled out the red carpet for me,” said Risner. “They showed me just as much love as Kansas State did on Saturday! Kansas State offered me, as well. And, Missouri offered me. I got to talk to coach Pinkel in his office one on one for thirty minutes. And I got to talk to the offensive line coaches for a while. I love it here at Missouri. I was born in Branson, so I have family roots here. It was definitely a great visit!”
Risner currently holds offers from Colorado State, New Mexico State, Kansas State, Northern Colorado, and Wyoming, in addition to Missouri. He’s also hearing from Washington, Boise State, and Colorado, and he expects to soon receive offers from those schools, as well.
After they left Missouri, Risner and his family were on the way to an unofficial visit at Tulsa. But he already has a top two.
“Missouri and Kansas State are at the top of my list,” said Risner. “It’s going to be a hard decision. But I just love Mizzou! It was a great visit. I just love it here at Missouri! It was an awesome trip. That’s for sure. I didn’t expect to be treated that nicely, and to be wanted that much. It was pretty awesome! I didn’t know that Missouri was that interested. It was pretty cool to see how interested they were. And, I got treated like royalty.”
Risner is a pre-qualifier from a small school in Colorado, who was named First-Team All-State as a junior. He’s a multi-sport athlete who plays both ways in football, and who also plays basketball, and throws for his school’s track team. His personal best in the forty is 5.4, and he has a 22” vertical, to go along with personal bests of 305 pounds in the bench press, 465 pounds in the squat, and a maximum in the power clean of 245 pounds. He also reported a personal best with 12 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press.
“Coach Henson was real impressed with my size,” explained Risner. “I went down to the weight room and watched the players lift for a few minutes. Missouri’s facilities are really nice. They were really nice to me and made me feel at home. They all introduced themselves. The players were really cool.”
Risner said that he’s not sure how many more visit he’ll take. He said that if Boise State offers him, that he’d like to visit there, and that the Broncos could become one of his top three.
“I think it will come down to Missouri and Kansas State,” said Risner. “It’s going to be a hard decision. I have a good relationship with both coaching staffs. I love it at both places.”
Risner said that he plans to return to Missouri for another visit this spring, and that he’d like to make a decision early this summer.