Tony Temple is a Tiger!

Not since Tony Galbraith, has a Missouri Tiger carried the name, "Tony the Tiger", but that streak ended yesterday. Tony Temple, the mercurial running back from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, committed verbally to Gary Pinkel's Mizzou Tigers.

While some may have groused about having to wait for Tony Temple's announcement on MetroSports television in Kansas City last night, I kind of enjoyed the suspense.

Instead of the commitment being made in private and then discovered by a recruiting service after two dozen phone calls, Temple's recruitment came to a conclusion with an entire metro area glued to their sets, thousands of fans from both K-State and Mizzou sitting in front of their computers, waiting for some word from this high school student.

Temple's injuries during his senior season did not deter any of his suitors over the past season. Temple could have gone to virtually any college in the country, and he chose to stay at home and be a Tiger.

In the end, it was important to Tony to be near his friends and family. It was also important to be a part of a winning program, and Missouri fit both criteria. He also liked Missouri's family atmosphere and academics.

Temple had also gotten to know Chase Patton over the past year and the two developed a close rapport. It became a shared dream of these two in-state players to be there in Columbia when Missouri becomes a championship calibre program.

Then, there was also Steve Redmond, the defensive back from Rockhurst and Temple's cousin, who had committed to Missouri last summer.

In short, there was a lot to like for Tony Temple in Columbia.

Temple becomes the 21st known commitment for Missouri and vaults them into a Top 10 recruiting class according to some recruiting services.

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