Logan Christopherson had planned to attend camps at the University of Iowa and Michigan this summer, but it was when he was thinking about one of those camps that he realized what he really wanted to do.
“This past weekend I got interviewed while I was in Michigan, in Detroit, and I told scouts that I was planning to go to Michigan,” Christopherson said. “At that point I knew that Missouri was the right fit because I didn’t feel like I should go visit them. That’s when I knew I was going to make the decision.”
Christopherson, a three-star tight end at Lemont Township High School in Illinois, called Missouri coach Barry Odom on Wednesday night and told him he wanted to be a Tiger.
“It just happened to be the best fit and I just wanted to jump on it,” Christopherson said of his decision. “I just want to take this opportunity and I felt like it was right to do it at this time of the year. I didn’t want to wait around.”
Christopherson made an unofficial visit to Missouri on April 30 and came away impressed with the family atmosphere of the program, how they plan to utilize him as a tight end and the possibility of playing in the Southeastern Conference.
He said it was the family atmosphere he felt with the program that made the biggest difference in choosing Odom’s Tigers.
“The coaches and the staff, they’re all just great, genuine guys and they all came off to me as really nice,” he said. “I bonded with them. I felt like I bonded with them immediately. I felt really comfortable with all of them and I think that’s really important in all of this. I think that really sealed the deal with my commitment.”
Christopherson said he talks with Missouri tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley, offensive coordinator Josh Heupel and defensive grad assistant Neal Renna the most among the Tigers coaching staff.
Next up for the Illinois tight end will be a return trip to Columbia sometime this summer so his mom will get a chance to see the campus. Then he’s already planning to be back on Sept. 17 when the Tigers host Georgia in their SEC opener.
For now, he’s relieved to be done with the recruiting process, not have to take any more visits or compete at combines or camps and be able to focus on his upcoming senior season.
“It feels really good,” Christopherson said. “I’m so excited to really focus in with my team, kind of just clear my mind and focus on the main goal and that’s this last senior season with all my friends that I’ve grown up with all my life.”