Missouri Offers Rising Illinois Lineman

The Missouri Tigers have made the offensive line position a major focus for their 2014 recruiting class already this spring, and they continued that trend with an offer last night to a rising Illinois Guard.

The Missouri Tigers suffered through a rough season in 2012 in part to injuries along the offensive line, which they played at various times without many of their top guys.

It appears as though they have learned from that, and are targeting offensive line heavily for 2014.

The latest to pick up a Missouri offer is Highland (IL) OG Tanner Farmer 6'4" 306 5.2 forty.

ShowMeMizzou.com confirmed the Mizzou offer with him.

"Yes, I did receive an offer last night from the Tigers," said Farmer. "My recruiting coach is Cornell Ford, and I will visit them soon. I am honored to get the Mizzou offer. As far as the program goes, I need to visit with them and get a chance to meet the coaches and see the campus. I really do not know much about the school except that we have a lot of people around our area that are big fans. My folks have told me that May and June are the time to see schools and weigh all my options to see what is the best fit for me."

Tanner has been under the radar playing at smaller Southern Illinois high school 32 miles outside of St. Louis (MO). However, locals have recognized his talents and have saw him as a potential D1 football prospect. His recent performances at some camps has elevated him in the eyes of schools, including Missouri, which offered him last night.

He talked about how the direction his recruitment is headed and who has been in contact so far.

"Mizzou's coach came by last Friday for the first time at school. Next time I talked with them was last night when they offered me. As far as schools in touch with me, Nebraska, Iowa State, Michigan State, Northwestern, NIU, Western Illinois, Western Michigan, Mississippi State, and Florida State, Kansas, are schools that I have active contact with. A lot are visiting this week. Syracuse has shown some interest also. Like I said, My folks want me to consider all options and make the choice that I believe is the best fit for me," said Farmer.

He revealed his list of offers to date.

"As of today, I have offers from Western Michigan, McKendree, a D2 school, and Missouri,"he said

Farmer  achieved a perfect 39-0 wrestling record and state heavyweight championship in Illinois Class 2, becoming the first from his high school to win such an award.

Farmer also recently won the offensive lineman MVP at the Under Armour camp in in St. Louis last month, and was among the top offensive linemen during testing at the NIKE camp  in Chicago last week, ranking 17 overall out of 880 kids who attended, showing some amazing strength and athleticism, including vertical jumping 29.7" at 306 pounds and running a 4.8 pro agility while testing among the strongest.

Farmer has a bench press max of 415lbs and already squats 615lbs.

ShowMeMizzou.com will continue to follow Tanner Farmer's recruitment by the Tigers.

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