Missouri Makes Cut For Tennessee DT

The Missouri Tigers have made the cut on a list of top schools for a standout 3- star defensive tackle from the state of Tennessee, where they have had some success recruiting for the class of 2014 already. We have the latest.

Missouri has joined SEC-East competitors Tennessee and Vanderbilt in pursuit of 2014 Nashville DT prospect Michael Sawyers 6’3” 295 Nashville (TN) Ensworth, who recently took time to speak with ShowMeMizzou.com about his Missouri offer, and his growing interest in the Tigers.

“When I first received my Missouri offer from Coach Kul, I was very excited,” said Sawyers. “They’re a new team in the SEC. They want me to come for a visit to see the campus and everything.”

Sawyers holds offers from Arizona State, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi, and Nebraska, among others, in addition to Missouri, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.

Sawyers, who is interested in studying “engineering or business” in college, has already begun to narrow things down.

“My top ten right now are Florida State, Vanderbilt, Miami, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Nebraska, Kentucky, Louisville, Georgia Tech, and Missouri,” said Sawyers.

“Vanderbilt and Tennessee are up there in my top schools,” explained Sawyer, who went on to explain that he’s planning to visit Missouri in July. “I’m going to take my visits to Missouri and a couple of other schools.

Sawyers said that he likes the Southeastern Conference schools.

“The SEC is the best,” said Sawyers. “I’d like to go up against the best week in and week out.”

Sawyers said that Nashville-area Missouri commits Paul Adams and Thomas Richard have been recruiting him to join them at Missouri.

“I’ve known Paul for a while,” explained Sawyers. “I know him pretty well.”

Sawyers reported a personal best of 4.9 seconds in the forty-yard dash, to go along with a 27” vertical jump, a 4.7-second shuttle, and a bench press maximum of 375 pounds.

He talked about his criteria for choosing a school.

“First of all, academics are really important to me,” explained Sawyers, talking about his criteria for choosing a school. “Then, I want to have formed a bond with the coaches. Then, just the general atmosphere; I want to feel comfortable there for the next four years.”

“Missouri’s up there in my top ten,” explained Sawyers, talking about his Missouri interest. “I like Missouri. I just want to get over there for a visit, and get to know all of the coaches, and see what it’s like.”

“Coach Kul and I have grown pretty close,” said Sawyers, describing his relationship with his primary recruiter and potential future position coach at Missouri. “That would be a big factor.”

Sawyers said that he’d like to make a final decision before his senior season.

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