Leavitt Leaves Mizzou Visit Feeling Good

JUCO lineman talks to ShowMeMizzou.com about his unofficial visit to Missouri.

On Saturday, 2016 junior college OT prospect Tate Leavitt 6’6” 315 Hutchinson (KS) Community College spent a good portion of the day at Missouri on an unofficial visit.

Afterward, he spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com about the visit, and his interest in Missouri, and he updated us on the current status of his recruitment.

Leavitt’s primary Missouri recruiter, Offensive Line Coach A.J. Ricker, was out of town on Saturday, so Leavitt said that he spent a lot of time with Missouri Offensive Coordinator Josh Henson. He said that he also visited with Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel.

“The Missouri visit went really well,” said Leavitt, who was on his way to take unofficial visits to Louisville and Kentucky. “It was a really good visit………………………………………… It was really just how I was treated. They treated me really well. They really made it feel like home. So it was definitely a good visit.”

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 three years to play two.

Leavitt is also a former high school basketball player who has posted a maximum in the bench press of 405 pounds.

He currently holds offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina State, Ohio, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, and West Virginia, in addition to Missouri. He’s receiving interest from Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, Iowa, Iowa State, Penn State, Oklahoma, and others. He’s planning to visit West Virginia later this month, and Penn State and Ohio State soon.

Leavitt said that his visit to Missouri raised his view of the Tigers. He said that he thinks he’s a good fit for the Missouri offense. And he said that he was impressed with Coach Ivey and the strength and conditioning program at Missouri.

“The Missouri offense fits my skill set very well,” explained Leavitt. “I’m an athletic, long tackle, who can use my athletic ability to get out in space. I’ve always done really well on stretch, outside zone, whatever you call it………………………………………….. Obviously, they kick-slide in the passing game.”

“I came away from (my visit) more interested in Missouri than when I went in,” said Leavitt. “The strength and conditioning staff, when I saw what they did, it got me really excited! That’s important to me.”

Leavitt said that he’s planning to return to Missouri for another unofficial visit this summer. He’s good friends with 2015 Missouri signee Chase Abbington.

“(Chase) is one of my guys,” explained Leavitt. “The next time I (visit Missouri), he’ll be there.”

Leavitt said that he’s planning to narrow things down “to about eight” in "a couple of weeks". Then, he said he’ll probably narrow things down again later this summer. He said that Missouri will make his list of eight.

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