Illinois Lineman Talks Mizzou Visit/Offer

The Missouri Tigers hosted a couple of unofficial visitors on Friday coming through to check out Mizzou's spring practice. has one lineman's thoughts on his visit and new offer.

On Friday, the Missouri Tigers received an unofficial visit from 2014 OT prospect Chase Gianacakos 6’6” 286 St. Charles (IL) North. During his visit, Missouri offered the big lineman. Gianacakos spoke with on his way home, and he talked about his Missouri offer, and his visit to Missouri, and he updated us on his recruitment.

“I’m really excited about (my Missouri offer),” said Gianacakos. “We were in Coach Pinkel’s office and he said, “We’re offering you a scholarship to Mizzou”. It was really exciting! It was really cool. I was really excited!”

Gianacakos said that he really enjoyed his visit to Missouri.

“I enjoyed my visit, and I had a really good time,” said Gianacakos. “I watched their practice. It was really high-energy. (Missouri offensive line) Coach (Bruce) Walker was really cool……………………………… I got a chance to go hang out with some of the players (Friday) night. I had a really good time.”

Gianacakos reports offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan State, Toledo, Western Michigan, and Wyoming, in addition to Missouri. His offer list has been growing on an almost daily basis, with strong interest from Minnesota, Iowa State, Nebraska, Boston College, and Maryland, among others.

Gianacakos reports a 5.2 forty, 27” vertical, and a maximum in the bench press of 315 pounds. He’s played basketball until this year, and he has only played football for three years. His quick feet are one of his biggest assets as an OT prospect.

“We talked to one of the academic advisors,” Gianacakos continued. “We talked about their accounting program. The campus is really cool. The rec center is huge! I’d heard about it, but it’s bigger than I thought it would be.”

Gianacakos shared some of his thoughts about Missouri’s practice.

“I liked what I saw from the players,” said Gianacakos. “Even though there were a couple of fights, they were all encouraging each other, which was really cool. The competition was really good. They were trying to encourage each other to play hard. I thought the whole offensive line looked good!”

“The training staff is really cool, and it seems like they do a really good job,” continued Gianacakos. “And, Coach Ivey is really cool……………………………………… ....... It was really cool to see him out at practice, encouraging the guys, and the intensity level that he brings.”

Gianacakos has unofficial visits planned to Michigan State, Illinois, and Minnesota. He said that he’ll probably re-visit Missouri for the Tigers’ Spring Game.

Gianacakos is taking his time, and “looking around”. He said that he’d like to have a decision before his senior season.

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