On Thursday, Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel and Offensive Line Coach A.J. Ricker went to El Dorado (KS) to see junior college OT prospect Tyler Howell 6’9” 295 El Dorado (KS) Butler Community College. While they were there, Howell gave the Missouri coaches his verbal commitment.
Later, he spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he talked about his decision to become a Missouri Tiger.
“I knew it was the right decision,” explained Howell, speaking of his verbal commitment to Missouri. “I’m more than excited!”
The former basketball player from Bonner Springs (KS) chose Missouri over a host of other schools, including offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, North Carolina State, North Texas, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, TCU, and Tennessee, among others.
Howell had visited Arizona State, and Arkansas, as well as Mizzou. He said that he made up his mind that he wanted to attend Missouri about mid-way through his official visit to Missouri in December. He said that he wanted to take some other visits just to make sure.
Howell said that Missouri’s hiring of his position coach at Butler, Cody Oates, to the position of Offensive Analyst did not play a part in his decision.
“It’s cool that Missouri hired him,” explained Howell, speaking of Coach Oates. “I know he’s a really good coach. But that didn’t have anything to do with my decision……………………………………… Honestly, I probably made the decision to go to Missouri about halfway through my Missouri visit.”
Howell was impressed with the family environment at Missouri, and the way that the Missouri players and coaches had embraced him on his visit
“Missouri is not blowing smoke,” said Howell, who had said that he felt more comfortable at Missouri. “Everything they talk about is for real; the whole family thing. They’re not making any of that up. You could tell that on the visit.”
Howell said that “nothing is guaranteed” as far as early playing time, but he does intend to come in and compete for a job.
Howell will graduate from Butler in May, and expects to arrive at Missouri in June.