North Carolina running back Larry Rountree didn’t wait long to make a decision.
After what he described as a “great” official visit to Missouri over the weekend, the Millbrook High School (Raleigh, N.C.) 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior, committed to the Tigers on Monday and announced his decision on Friday.
“Missouri don’t believe in seniority,” Rountree told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “They play freshmen. Their last two backs who were freshmen had over 1,000 yards. They don’t care about seniority. I’m glad. Millbrook, our coach doesn’t care about that either. I started as a junior. There were two seniors over me and I started over two seniors.
“I’m glad they don’t believe in that type of stuff. The best player will play. That’s why I really want to go there. I built a relationship already with J'Mon (Moore). The team, the teammates, they are very cool guys and they seem like they are hungry to be successful.”
Moore, who served as Rountree’s host for the weekend, was the only wide receiver in the Southeastern Conference to top 1,000 receiving yards this season. Quarterback Drew Lock and running back Damarea Crockett also put up big numbers as the Tigers averaged an SEC-best 500.5 yards per game, which ranked 14th nationally.
Seeing the numbers Missouri’s new-look uptempo offense put up this season was one of the things that impressed Rountree during his visit.
“It makes me feel like I know when I go there I’ll get an opportunity to carry the rock if I earn it,” he said. “They throw when they need to but most likely they run the ball down peoples’ throats. So I’m happy about that. That’s why I want to go to the school. I feel like I could possibly, if I work hard enough, lead the SEC in rushing as a freshman or as a sophomore or as a junior. When I found out that they do run the ball, I was happy. I was like, oh my God. They were throwing out numbers. They run the ball a lot. Their offensive line was really good too.”
Rountree is Missouri’s 16th known commitment in the Class of 2017 and the 10th who projects on the offensive side of the ball. He is the lone running back commit but the Tigers could add another one or two.
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