The Missouri Tigers have found their quarterback.
Less than a week after @Reyondous Es opted to decommit and pledge to Minnesota, the Tigers received a verbal commitment from Class of 2017 Arkansas quarterback Taylor Powell, who flipped from Wake Forest.
“After careful consideration and prayer, I have decided to decommit from Wake Forest University and pledge my commitment to the University of Missouri,” Powell wrote on his announcement on his Twitter account. “Thank you to Wake Forest University, Coach Clawson, Coach Ruggiero and the relationships I made with the players. I will always be grateful. Moving forward I am excited to be a Mizzou Tiger! I look forward to competing in the SEC, while being close to my family and friends! Go Tigers!”
A 6-foot-1, 209-pounder, Powell was named the 2016-17 Gatorade player of the year in Arkansas after throwing for 3,473 yards and 44 touchdowns against just seven interceptions while leading Fayetteville High School to its second straight 7A state championship.
Powell finished his high school career with 10,413 yards passing and 113 touchdowns. He ranks fifth in Arkansas history for passing yardage and eighth in touchdowns.
The Arkansas standout visited Missouri unofficially in April but did not receive a scholarship offer from the Tigers until Sunday night.
Powell will become the fourth scholarship quarterback on Missouri's roster, along with starter Drew Lock and reserves Jack Lowary and Micah Wilson. The Tigers flipped Wilson from Boise State last January and then signed Lowary out of a junior college on the day after Signing Day.
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