The Latest on Will Compton

Bonne Terre (Mo.) linebacker Will Compton has been in limbo for a while as he waits to see what happens with the coaching staff at Nebraska, where he originally committed. But Compton has been taking visits, including a trip last weekend to Missouri, where close friend and former fellow Husker recruit Blaine Gabbert committed. Did the trip and Gabbert's decision affect the four-star prospect?


"No, not really," he said. "We've talked about it all the time, about how we want to play together, but he knows I've got to make the best decision possible. I'm not going to follow him."

Still, Compton said, MU is a very enticing option right now. He spent the weekend with MU commits Gabbert, Andrew Jones and Aldon Smith, all of whom laid it on thick. So too, have his friends, all of whom seem to want him to become a Tigers.

"You have no idea," he said.

His father would like to see him go to MU as well, he said, but he isn't applying any pressure.

"It is [tempting to commit to MU] but it's a pretty big decision right now and I'm taking it all in," he said. "The coaches have been really cool about not pressuring me, they understand that I'm committed but I'm looking around."

Compton is a big fan of Nebraska assistant Kevin Cosgrove, and is hoping to know soon whether Cosgrove or any of the other staff members will be retained. Right now, he admits, it doesn't seem likely.

"I'm waiting to see if the staff gets fired, which from what I'm hearing looks like it will be what happens," he said. "I have no idea what's going on with the coaching situation."

Compton will visit Illinois this weekend, and has an official visit to MU scheduled for Dec. 14. He's also looking at Kansas, Alabama, Iowa and Vanderbilt. Notre Dame and Ohio State are in the picture as longshots, but he might not visit any of those schools.

Compton said he's not concerned about Missouri's young depth at linebacker.

"I'm going to get competition anywhere. I like competition anyway," he said. "If I don't get the job, I'll learn from the guys ahead of me and compete for the job the next year."

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