Wingo, Star, a Major Recruit For Mizzou

Saint Louis University High (Mo.) coach Gary Kornfeld lately has had an inbox full of messages from reporters and recruiters, as word has begun to spread rapidly about the speed and athletic prowess of junior Ronnie Wingo. This doesn't surprise Kornfeld, who in 30 years has seen few, if any, athletes so gifted. latest in Wingo, and the mututal interest level between he and MU:

"He's been to Missouri twice and really likes it there," Kornfeld said. "We have great respect for coach Pinkel and coach Ford. We think the world of [the Missou staff]."

Wingo is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound speedster who is the national champion in the 200 meters. He runs a sub-4.5-second 40-yard dash, fantastic for a player of his size, and also has the potential to be a lockdown cornerback.

"Here's what I tell all of the college coaches: He's a can't-miss. If he's not the number one running back on your depth chart, he'll go to the other side of the ball and be the best cover corner in your program," he said.
vWingo has rushed 109 times for 843 yards (7.7 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns in six games. He focuses mostly on the offensive side of the ball, but Kornfeld isn't sure his highest ceiling doesn't lie on the other side of the ball.

"He's such a great athlete," Kornfeld said. "You don't see that too often."

Wingo reportedly had a great time at the Nebraska game and left fellow recruits with the impression he's very much considering becoming a Tiger. Missouri has told him an official offer will be in the mail any day now. He's also visited Iowa and will visit Michigan in a few weeks, while Illinois has offered and other major programs are likely to follow. Wingo has all the makings of a high-level national recruit.

"He's going to have a zillion offers," Kornfeld said.

He's one the Mizzou staff would undoubtedly love to keep in state.

"I think they have a great shot with him," Kornfeld said.

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