Multi-sport athlete and 2016 OT prospect Royce Newman 6’7” 260 Nashville (IL) came to the first Missouri team camp looking for an offer. He spent all three days the first week of June playing tackle for the Renegade Tigers. And although tackle was a new position for the Illinois Class 3A All-State basketball player, defensive end, and tight end, Newman showed his athleticism, his length, and his competitiveness as he quickly adjusted to the new position.
He left the camp without an offer, but he had been told by Missouri assistants A.J. Ricker and Cornell Ford that they liked what they saw and that the staff would be in touch with Newman following the conclusion of the remainder of their June camps.
So on Saturday, just hours after the Missouri camp season had ended, Newman placed a call to Coach Ford.
“He gave me the news that Missouri was offering me a scholarship,” explained Newman of his conversation with Coach Ford. “As soon as he told me, I committed right away.”
“Then, he told me to call Coach Ricker, Coach Henson, and Coach Pinkel,” continued Newman. “So, I called each of them right away. They were pumped that I had committed! Coach Ford hadn’t told them that I committed. I called them right away, as soon as I got off the phone with Coach Ford. They were all pretty excited!”
“Coach Pinkel was pretty excited about me,” said Newman. “He was glad I committed.”
Newman chose Missouri over offers from North Carolina State, Illinois State, SIUC, and Eastern Illinois. He said that Iowa called him right after he committed to Missouri. He told the Hawkeyes that he’s committed to Missouri.
Newman said that he’s become the talk of Nashville.
“The whole town is pretty much blowing up right now,” said Newman. “Yeah. The whole town is. Thirty-two hundred people. Everybody’s pretty pumped about me going to play football at Missouri. That’s pretty cool, being the talk of the town. That’s pretty neat………………………………… People are saying it’s great, you know, the best conference in football. They’re just saying how proud they are, stuff like that.”
Newman’s family is proud of him, too, and excited for him.
“Everybody’s just pretty much going crazy around here,” explained Newman. "Everybody’s real excited!”
Newman said that he’ll be a frequent visitor at Missouri this fall.
“I’ll be coming to games,” explained Newman.
Newman is done with his recruitment. He’ll sign with Missouri in February, and be on campus at Mizzou next June.