McCann Thankful For Mizzou Offer

The Missouri Tigers offered players at their junior day on Saturday.

At Missouri’s recent Junior Day, Head Coach Gary Pinkel personally extended a scholarship offer to 2016 kicker prospect Tucker McCann 6’1” 185 O’Fallon (IL).

McCann spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com about the Missouri offer, and he updated us on his recruitment.

“It was really nice to talk to Coach Pinkel himself,” said McCann. “It was really cool when he offered me……………………………….. I’m just really thankful. I think that they really like me, and want the best for me. I mean, going out there and offering me first, my first offer, that’s a big thing. So I just can’t say thanks enough to them. And I just think they’re really good people.”

McCann continued to talk about the Missouri offer.

“It feels great! I’m really thankful,” said McCann, speaking of the Missouri offer. “My whole family was really excited! And Coach Joggerst was too……………………………………… It was a relief. After everything, going to all the camps, and all the people who have helped me get to where I am now, it’s just good to know that it’s all for a good reason, and that it all eventually paid off. I’ve been kicking since the fifth grade. It’s always been my dream to get a D-1 scholarship.”

According to Kohl’s Kicking, McCann is the number one rated kicker in the 2016 class. He made an Illinois State record 60-yard field goal, along with a 55-yard field goal this past season. With Andrew Baggett set to complete his eligibility this season, it would appear that Missouri offers McCann an opportunity to come in as a true freshman and win the starting job. McCann is also a punter, but he said that with Baggett leaving and with Corey Fatony coming in, Missouri is recruiting him to kick. This past season, McCann was 12-for-18 on field goals, and he had 34 touchbacks out of 43 kickoffs (79% touchbacks).

“Last season, ten of my kickoffs went through the uprights,” said McCann.

McCann said that the Missouri staff spoiled him and his family with how they treated them at Junior Day.

“I was really pleased with all the coaches there,” continued McCann. “They were just really nice to me and my family. They really spoiled us. My family really liked it there.”

Missouri is McCann’s first offer. He’s also hearing from Alabama, Florida State, Illinois, Kansas, and Purdue, among others. He’s planning to attend junior days at those schools, and he expects to receive more offers. He’s not in a big hurry to make a decision. He wants to look at his options. However, he noted that it will be hard for anyone to top Mizzou.

“Mizzou will definitely be at the top, I mean, like in my top two or three,” explained McCann. “I really like the SEC………………………………… It’s a perfect situation at Mizzou because Andrew (Baggett) is leaving right before I get there.”

McCann said that there are “a lot of people (at Missouri) from (his) high school”.

“I really like Missouri,” explained McCann, who pointed out that his older sister will be transferring to Missouri next semester. “The campus is amazing! The dorms are pretty new. I really like them. And the facilities, the indoor facilities, are really good. I like it all.”

“Everything just kind of fits in right at Missouri,” explained McCann. “But I just want to make sure.”

McCann said it’s likely that he’ll re-visit Missouri later this spring.


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