On Wednesday evening, 2015 TE prospect Daniel Imatorbhebhe 6'4" 224 Suwanee (GA) North Gwinnett pledged a verbal commitment to Missouri. Afterwards, Imatorbhebhe spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com about his decision to play football at Missouri.
"It feels great to have committed to Missouri," said Imatorbhebhe. "It just feels like a weight is off my shoulders. And, my family is extremely excited for me!"
"My family and I just liked the people at Mizzou, from the graduate assistants, to the academic support staff, to the coaches, and the players, how supportive everyone was, and how welcoming everyone was," explained Imatorbhebhe. "After I visited Missouri, I went on a visit to Florida. And then, I had about a week to kind of think about it. After I thought about it, I knew it'd be really hard to find better people. It'd be really hard to find a better mixture of, you know, people, and football, and it really was a family. The values that are important to them are the values that are important to me."
Imatorbhebhe acknowledged that having his friend and "mentor", Nate Brown, at Missouri helped him to choose the Tigers. He also said that he's relieved to have the recruiting process over with.
"There's no reason to wait," continued Imatorbhebhe. "And, I want to be able to focus on my senior year at North Gwinnett."
Imatorbhebhe said that he had prayed about his decision a lot, and that he was at peace with his decision.
"I was tired of all the recruiting," continued Imatorbhebhe. "I'm not the kind of person that (enjoyed the recruiting process)……………………………….. At Missouri, they do things right. We loved everybody there. It's a place that I can go and put in work."
Imatorbhebhe said that Missouri "is first class", and he indicated that he had found the integrity with which Missouri recruited him very appealing.
Daniel talked about turning into a recruiter for Missouri. He acknowledged that he and 2015 DE prospect and Missouri offer, Anree Saint Amour, are close friends, and he's going to encourage Saint Amour to join him at Missouri. Then, there's his brother, Josh, a 2016 WR prospect who Missouri offered last week.
"I really won't have to recruit Anree," explained Daniel. "I mean, he loves Missouri."
Regarding his brother, Daniel said, "Josh knows how I feel about that. I want him to do what's best for him. You know, whatever the best fit is for him, that's where I want him to go. It's really early for him. We'll see what happens. It'd be great if he'd come to Missouri."
In Imatorbhebhe, Missouri has received a talented prospect, but he's an even more valuable asset as a person of high-quality character.