Compton and Gabbert a Package Deal for MU?

Will Compton thought he had his future planned after committing to Nebraska, but like the rest of the NU recruiting class he's been forced to re-evaluate because of the chaos that's left the Huskers coaching staff hanging by a thread. Inside Mizzou caught up with Compton for the latest on his renewed interest in MU and the scoop on whether he and star QB Blaine Gabbert could be a package deal.


"It sucks [what has happened at Nebraska], but I have to look around. I have to look at all of my options and do what I feel is best for my future … I'm still committed to Nebraska, but I'm open to a few other schools," said Compton, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior from Bonne Terre, ranked the No. 10 middle linebacker in the nation and a four-star prospect.

Mizzou and Illinois seem to be the most likely destinations for Compton. They're the only schools to which he has set up official visits – Illinois on Nov. 17 and Mizzou Dec. 14th – though he's also eyeballing Alabama, Iowa, Kansas and Notre Dame. Mizzou was in his top three the first time around, and he's been hearing recently from assistant coach Dave Steckel.

"He believes I can get in there and play early, and staying in state [is a selling point]. He doesn't really try to sell anything, he just supports me 110 percent no matter what my decision is, which is really cool," Compton said.

Compton's North County team recently finished a 4-6 season that included a number of heartbreaking losses. He posted 104 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, three sacks and two interceptions on defense, while on offense he had 1,000-plus all-purpose yards and 14 touchdowns.

There has been talk that Compton will end up wherever Parkway West quarterback Blaine Gabbert goes; the two are close friends and committed to Nebraska in large part to play for the same school. Gabbert is strongly considering Mizzou, and has been talking with several other NU commits about possibly playing at Mizzou together.

"If they all want to go to Missouri, it plays a bigger factor than if just Blaine goes," Compton said. But "we always said we would [play together] no matter what. Mizzou is the only school" recruiting both players.

Compton will be in town for the Texas A&M game for an unofficial visit as well, and we'll keep you posted thereafter …

Black & Gold Illustrated Top Stories