ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with recent Missouri offer and 2016 junior college OT prospect Tate Leavitt 6’6” 315 Hutchinson (KS) Community College. He talked about his interest in Missouri, and he updated us on the current status of his recruitment.
“Coach Ricker and I go quite a ways back,” explained Leavitt, referring to the current Missouri Offensive Line Coach and former Western Michigan assistant. “He was my first offer in high school. So, it’s cool to be recruited by him again, and kind of going along the same paths.”
After signing with Ohio out of Thornville (OH) Sheridan High School, Leavitt has developed into a high-level prospect during his one season at the junior college level, where he started at left tackle for Hutch. He’s an expected December grad who will play at Hutch again this season before arriving on campus for the 2016 spring semester with two years to play.
Leavitt is also a former high school basketball player. He currently holds offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Kansas State, North Carolina State, Ohio, TCU, and Texas Tech, in addition to Missouri.
Leavitt has been talking to Coach Ricker. He said that Missouri Assistant Coach Andy Hill is coming to see him this week for a spring practice.
“And, Coach Ricker is coming to see me the following week,” continued Leavitt. “Me and Coach Ricker have had a relationship for a while. So, it’ll be interesting to keep that going and to see if that has something to play with anything as I go forward in the recruiting process.”
Leavitt said that he’s planning to take an unofficial visit to Missouri following the current semester, either in May or June.
He also said that he’d like to kind of narrow things down to “three to five schools” before the football season.
“I’ll know when I find the right school,” explained Leavitt, citing the experience of his previous recruitment. “I’ll know in my heart what school is right.”
Leavitt said that “playing time is number one”, and that “really, just being comfortable with the school, the players, and the coaching staff”, will be the two main factors in his decision.
“Those are the two biggest things for me,” explained Leavitt. “Because, everybody’s going to offer nice facilities; everybody’s going to offer great academics. And really it’s just going to (come down) to playing time and how comfortable I am there.”