Missouri Visit Changes Things

The Missouri Tigers hosted a talented athlete from Louisiana on Tuesday, who spoke to ShowMeMizzou.com following it, and shared his thoughts on how he saw Mizzou in a different light afterwards, and how things have changed in his recruitment.

Following his unofficial visit to Missouri on Tuesday, 2014 WR prospect Jared Cornelius 6’1” 190 Shreveport (LA) Evangel Christian Academy spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com. He talked about his Missouri visit, and he updated us on his recruitment.

“The Missouri visit was good,” explained Cornelius, speaking of his unofficial visit to Missouri. “It definitely surprised me. It blew away my expectations. It was much better than I thought it would be. And, the distance from Shreveport wasn’t that bad.”

Cornelius indicated that he and his mother drove to Missouri, arriving on Monday evening, and that they spent the entire day visiting Missouri on Tuesday. He and his mother toured campus and the facilities. They appreciated being hosted by Shreveport native and current Missouri senior WR L’Damian Washington, with whom they were already acquainted.

“L’Damian and I hung out together,” explained Cornelius. “That was really nice.”

“With all of the construction going on, it shows that they’re growing,” said Cornelius. “They’re going to build a new indoor practice facility. Obviously, they’re growing, and things are going to be bigger and better.”

“I got to talk to the head coach,” said Cornelius, who said that his mother’s view of Missouri was similar to his. “The whole coaching staff really showed me that they are interested in me…………………………………………… Coach Pat Washington is a legend. Obviously, working with him would be very beneficial to me going on to the next level. And, he’s a really nice guy. The whole coaching staff seemed really cool.”

He reports offers from Arkansas, Houston, Louisiana Tech, San Diego State, Tennessee, and Tulsa, in addition to Missouri.

Last season as a junior, Cornelius had 87 receptions for 1589 yards and 18 TDs. He’s posted a 36” vertical jump this summer.

Cornelius has told me that he can play either inside or outside.

“Coach Washington asked me where I wanted to play,” explained Cornelius. “I told him inside or outside. He told me they were thinking the same thing. He said that he thinks that I can play both, inside or outside.”

Cornelius talked about the opportunity to play early at Missouri.

Prior to his Missouri visit, Arkansas was the leader for Cornelius. Following his visit to Missouri, the picture has changed somewhat and he is postponing his decision.

“Missouri and Arkansas are pretty much even right now,” explained Cornelius, talking about his top two schools. “I’m thinking about taking official visits to Arkansas and Missouri to see where I want to go. I want to see them play.”

In conclusion, regarding Missouri, Cornelius said, “It’s looking good!”

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