Rountree, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior at Millbrook High School in Raleigh, N.C., took his official visit to see the Tigers this past weekend and came away impressed with Barry Odom’s program.
“It was great,” Rountree told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “Everybody was nice down there. I talked to the head coach. I talked to all the coaches. They really talked to me a lot about how I’m a different back and if I come into the program I’ll be a special back.”
What the highlight of the visit?
“The team,” Rountree said. “Everybody seems together and I could see myself playing with those guys. All those guys seem like they are about ball and about playing.”
Rountree said J'Mon Moore was his host and the running back hit it off with the junior wide receiver who led the Southeastern Conference in receiving yards this season.
The running back heard plenty about Missouri’s uptempo offense during his trip as well as the big numbers put up by Moore, quarterback Drew Lock and running back Damarea Crockett during the 2016 campaign.
Rountree, who said Missouri running backs coach Cornell Ford is visiting his house for an in-home visit on Tuesday, put up plenty of numbers himself during his junior and senior seasons at Millbrook.
As a junior, Rountree rushed for 1,971 yards and 23 touchdowns on 184 carries — an average of 10.7 yards per carry. This season, according to MaxPreps, he rushed for 1,147 yards and scored 21 touchdowns.
The Tigers don't have a running back commitment as part of their 2017 recruiting class and Rountree will be a player to watch for one of those spots.
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