Weeki Wachee (FL) is off the beaten path for most college recruiters. However, 2014 OT Marcus Applefield 6'7" 275 has put it on the map this spring for colleges coaches, including the Tigers.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke to Applefield on Thursday following his offer to get the details of his recruitment and thoughts on Mizzou.
"Coach Lee let me know Missouri had offered and I was real excited to hear the news," said Applefield. " A one word answer to my thoughts on the offer from the Tigers would be ecstatic!"
The big lineman still has some homework to do on the Tigers, but he plans to get right on that.
"Coach Jones is my recruiting coach for Mizzou. He said that they really like my film and they love that I am athletic and how well I move. I am going to hit the road and take some visits to schools coming up, and I will be visiting Missouri some in June hopefully before are around the 19th. I know it's a good school and they play the best competition," said Applefield.
Asked to describe what he is hearing from college coaches about what they like about him, he listed a few things.
"My feet. Coaches like my footwork and how I am always moving my feet. My quickness and speed. I am always working on everything to get better, but I work a lot on my speed, footwork and technique. They like how I am fast off the ball and my hips. I love run blocking most. Being physical," he said.
Marcus' development and recruitment has really just taken off this year. He told me that he went from a 6'1' 185 pound freshman, who played la Crosse and basketball, to growing to his present size in two years time.
"It's been crazy. The change has been pretty easy. I have adjusted pretty well and just kept in the weight room and training. My real Dad and my uncles are all tall, so I guess this was expected. My brother is 6'3" and plays TE in college. My recruitment really started taking off during our lifting season earlier this spring. Marshall was the first school to offer me, and then Rutgers,Purdue, Virginia, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, South Florida, UCF,Syracuse and now Mizzou. It's been amazing and I am very thankful."
Marcus said that he is also hearing from Florida, Florida State and Miami, but does not have a favorite at this time, and will be getting to know schools better on his unofficial visit tour he will be conducting. He does know what he is looking for most in a school and it's setting.
"I love a family atmosphere on a team. It's everything to me. I am looking for a school where the team and coaches are a family. Academics are important, but you can get a great education at most schools. I'm most interested in how my life will be the next 4-5 years. My family will come and see me where every I go. So, building that relationship with the coaching staff and team is what I am looking for," said Applefield.
ShowMeMizzou.com will keep you up to speed on Marcus Applefield's recruitment by the Tigers.