On Tuesday, Missouri received a verbal commitment from 2015 OG/C prospect A.J. Harris 6'4" 296 Stilwell (KS) Blue Valley. Harris was on an unofficial visit to Missouri when he committed, and afterward, he talked to ShowMeMizzou.com about his decision to become a Missouri Tiger.
"It feels pretty great, and pretty special," explained Harris, talking about his commitment to Missouri. "It's definitely special to now be a part of this great (Missouri) program. Especially, it's kind of a weight off my shoulders. Now, I can really focus on my track season, and my senior season, and Missouri Football."
Harris, who said he had known he was going to commit to Missouri for "about a month", said that now he will turn from recruited to recruiter.
"I'm going to see if I can reach out to some of the guys that Missouri is recruiting," explained Harris.
When Harris arrived at the Missouri Athletic Training complex on Tuesday, he met Coach Walker, Coach Henson, and Coach Hill. Then, they went into Coach Pinkel's office to see the head coach, who had been talking to some of his players. Harris said that before Coach Pinkel had time to say much, the big interior offensive lineman told the head coach, "I want to be a Missouri Tiger."
He said that Coach Pinkel and the other coaches were very excited to receive his commitment.
Harris said that he really likes the family atmosphere at Missouri, especially within the offensive line.
"You can tell all of Coach Walker's players really like him," explained Harris. "I definitely feel like the family atmosphere of the offensive line comes from him. I really like his coaching style. He really knows when to get in your ass, and when to joke around. He's just a real easy guy to get along with."
Harris said that Missouri wants him to work on his snapping. He said that he'll play center or guard at Mizzou.
"It feels good to have this all decided," said Harris, who indicated that he's done with recruiting. "I'm pretty strong on Missouri. I don't think I'll be taking any other visits, except to Missouri."
Harris plans to return to Missouri for the Spring Game