Junior college defensive tackle Emmit Gooden likes what he has heard about and from the Missouri Tigers and this weekend he’s going to get a chance to learn a lot more when he visits the campus for the game against Georgia.
Gooden, a 6-foot-4, 315-pounder at Independence (Kan.) Community College, is committed to Mississippi State and has an offer from Alabama, but has also been in touch with the Tigers coaching staff, namely head coach Barry Odom and defensive line coach Jackie Shipp, for a while.
“I’ve got huge interest in Mizzou and they’ve been showing huge interest in me with Coach Shipp and Coach Odom and most of the staff have been in contact for a while now,” Gooden told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “I think Missouri is a good place to develop D-linemen. They developed Shane Ray, Markus Golden, Michael Sam and other great linemen, so I want to get down there and see what they have to offer.”
Originally from Tennessee, Gooden committed to the Volunteers early in the recruiting process but backed off that pledge and then committed to Mississippi State last December.
Gooden received offers from Alabama and Missouri a few months ago.
“They’ve still got me committed to Mississippi State but I’m keeping my recruitment open,” Gooden said.
Those three schools are at the top of Gooden’s list right now.
“They are the only three that are showing interest, like strong interest,” he said.
Gooden was a four-star defensive end in high school. Now he’s a bigger 3-technique defensive tackle but still versatile enough to move around up front depending on what his school needs from him.
“I can play end on some three-down packages,” Gooden said when asked to describe his game. “Run stopper. I can collapse the pocket. And I think that’s what Coach Shipp and Coach Odom like about me. They say I’m one of the top JUCO guys they are recruiting.”
Gooden said he isn’t sure when his next college visit will be after checking out the Tigers this weekend.
“Missouri, that’s the one I need to go visit because they’ve been showing a lot of interest and it’s nearby and it’s convenient for me,” Gooden said.
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