JUCO DT Rashad Brandon Commits to Missouri

Missouri added a commitment from JUCO defensive tackle Rashad Brandon on Saturday.

The graduation of a pair of 300-plus pounders in Rickey Hatley and Josh Augusta has opened up some playing time at defensive tackle for the University of Missouri next season. 

That was enticing enough for junior college standout Rashad Brandon to commit to the Tigers on Saturday during his official visit to Columbia.

“I believe Missouri’s the right school for me because of the great opportunity that they have for me to play at the D-line position, for me to come in and play,” Brandon told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “No one else is really offering that opportunity for me and I see that Missouri is basically the best opportunity to be successful.”

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Brandon, who said he recently measured at 6-foot-2 and 292-pounds, had several offers to choose from as well as interest from a top Big 12 Conference program. 

“I had offers from Ole Miss, Temple, UAB, Idaho and I was getting looked at by Oklahoma,” he said. “They didn’t show me as much love as Mizzou did.”

Brandon said he was planning to visit both Ole Miss and Oklahoma but won’t do that now.

“I’m not going on any more,” he said.

Brandon has two more years of eligibility to play for the Tigers and will enroll at Missouri next semester, making him available to play spring football and go through the Tigers’ entire offseason conditioning program.

Brandon becomes the 15th confirmed commitment for Barry Odom’s 2017 recruiting class and the second defensive commit this week following Texas cornerback Terry Petry. He is the second defensive line commitment, following Louisiana defensive end Chris Turner, and the first defensive tackle in this class.

At Missouri, Brandon will join a defensive tackle group that includes returning starter A.J. Logan, standout Terry Beckner Jr. and rising sophomore Markell Utsey. Beckner and Utsey are both coming off season-ending knee injury.

There should be playing time available and it’s obvious that is what the Tigers’ coaches sold Brandon on.

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