Will Compton Talks Mizzou

Though he has only visited a few of his many interested schools, Bonne Terre (Mo.) linebacker Will Compton appears to have a couple of strong favorites. Where does Mizzou stand?


Compton plans to visit "seven or eight schools this summer," hoping to then narrow his list down to around five colleges. He recently took visits to Northwestern, Missouri and Notre Dame, and has trips planned to Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska — as well as offers from those schools.

He also hopes to visit Wake Forest, which may in turn delay his announcement. Since unofficial visits do not cover airfare, Compton may have to wait until the fall to visit Wake Forest officially.

He has, however, visited Mizzou, an experience the linebacker called "amazing." He admitted that he was overwhelmed, being his first visit.

"Their complexes are [some] of the best in the country. They are in and out of Big 12 [title] contention," he said.

Besides his trips, the 6-foot-1, 215 pound linebacker has been busy in the past few weeks. He recently performed in the Nike camp, walking away with the Linebacker MVP award. He also worked out at the Scout.com Combine as well as the Notre Dame Elite Camp not long ago.

While he said that all schools are contacting him every day, the two that are on him the most are Missouri and Nebraska. He plans to shorten his list of schools at the end of June.

"By June 22 or 23 I'll have it trimmed down," he said. "My last visit is with Nebraska or Iowa the week of [June] 18."

Compton's performance at the Scout.com Combine turned him into one of the fastest rising prospects in the region; before that, he had no offers.

He ran a 4.50 40-yard dash, a personal best, as well as a 7.07 second three-cone drill.

"I do a testing every three weeks to stay in tune," he explained, "and to practice my times."

He benches 185 pounds 25 times, an impressive number for his size.

Still, Compton is not completely satisfied with his game. "If I had to improve something it would be one-on-one pass coverage. I know coverage pretty well, and I can change direction, but there have been a couple of times where running backs have gotten me in the one-on-one drills," he said.

It is still early in the game, but he has nothing but good things to say about the Tigers.

"I'm pretty sure that [Mizzou] will come down to my final three [schools]," he said.

It's also safe to say Notre Dame will be in the mix, especially should the Irish offer him the scholarship he's hoping for. Compton is a lifelong Notre Dame fan and has admitted it would be very difficult to turn down a chance to play there.

Before making any decisions, however, he would like to study Mizzou's defensive schemes.

"I know their offense is outstanding, but I don't know a whole lot about their defense," he said. "If their defense was as good as their offense, they would be contending for a national championship."

He does not view the imbalance between the offense and the defense as a problem. "I like their [linebackers] coach Steckel."

In the end, Compton plans to make his final decision "before the season starts, probably in August."

For Compton and the rest of the recruiting world, the month of June will be a busy one for sure.

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