Blaine Gabbert is a Mizzou Tiger!
"I actually committed about 10 minutes ago," said Gabbert, the No. 4 quarterback in the nation and a five-star recruit.
It was thought Gabbert was a strong lean for Mizzou after de-committing from Nebraska recently, but no one knew for sure when, and if, he would become a Tiger. So what prompted him to pull the trigger today?
"Just the level of comfort with the school and the coaching staff, and Andrew Jones," he said. "I love it here."
Gabbert, a strong-armed, 6-5, 230-pound senior who runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, was almost undoubtedly Mizzou's No. 1 target last spring and summer. Many expected him to commit to MU, but he pulled a shocker late in the summer by picking Nebraska. With things falling apart in Lincoln, he began taking a second look at Mizzou. So in the end, it seems everyone got what they wanted – Gabbert, the MU coaching staff and the fans.
"It was just a complete full circle. How things fall into place is pretty funny," Gabbert said.
Gabbert said that he, like Jones, is working on several other prospects for Mizzou: "I've been talking to all of the guys I've been talking to all along, just trying to help them out," he said.
Gabbert said MU's fantastic season had no real effect on his decision.
"If really love the place, you love the place. You can't make one year decide if you're gonna go there or not. It's funny how things work out," he said.
MU's coaches were very excited to hear the news, Gabbert said. He and Jones have been talking every day about playing together and replicating what Chase Daniel is doing with Chase Coffman and Martin Rucker. He was also relieved to get his highly publicized recruitment over with.
"I'm glad it's over now. It's just fun to now I'm coming here and it's over," he said. "it's nice to know where you're going next year and just settle down."
Gabbert lost much of his senior season to a shoulder injury, but threw a few days ago for the first time in six weeks and said it felt good. He's focused on finishing rehab in time for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, in which both he and Jones will play.
"I'm just excited," he said.
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