Texas Tigers: Kip Edwards and Gahn McGaffie

Tiger commits Gahn McGaffie and Kip Edwards likely have never met face-to-face, having grown up four hours away from each other in different parts of Texas. But the two may soon become close friends as they spend the next four years together in Columbia.


McGaffie, who turned down offers from Kansas State, Baylor, Houston and North Texas, grew up in Galena Park, just outside Houston. Ranked the no. 73 overall cornerback in the class, McGaffie was actually recruited to play wide receiver. The speedy 5-foot-11, 185-pounder was clocked "in the 4.3s" at his most recent timing.

Both committed shortly after a visit to Columbia. McGaffie's unofficial in June led to a quick pledge while on campus. "I already knew I was going to commit [before my visit], I just wanted to go down and see everything," McGaffie said.

Edwards, who had offers from Wisconsin, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisville and others, took his official visit in October one day before making his decision to play for the Tigers, but his decision was not as clear-cut. "Really, it took a couple of months," said Edwards. "I went on an unofficial. My first visit was in June, and I committed in October."

McGaffie would typically spend the next few months playing basketball with his high school team, but with a full ride to Mizzou next fall, he is working to improve his game. Having followed Mizzou this season, he was assured that he fit well in the Tigers offense.

"It was good [to watch Mizzou's success], because they came in as an underdog. It was fun to watch," McGaffie said.

Though he will play wide receiver on the next level, he admits that his speed and route-running need improving. "I haven't played wide receiver since I was a freshman. I've got to get used to that again."

McGaffie earned MVP honors in his district and was named All-Region after a strong senior campaign led to a playoff appearance. "I improved on basically everything. Because I had a cornerback coach, and last year I didn't have one. He worked with me on my fundamentals," McGaffie said.

Edwards enjoyed similar success this season, being named first-team All-State. Now that the season is over, he will spend his time "lifting in the off-season and going to run track." Of course, being a broke college student is never fun, so Edwards is making a bit of money on the side working at Chuck E. Cheese.

"[Ending up at Mizzou] was a family decision. I always wanted to go when I first got the offer, because I thought the program was on the rise. The coaching has good people," Edwards said.

After seeing the Tigers meteoric rise this season, Edwards knows he made the right choice. "It feels great, I made a good move."

Edwards keeps in regular contact with Tigers players Jeremy Maclin, Sean Weatherspoon and Chase Daniels, and has formed friendships with fellow commits Kenji Jackson and Blaine Gabbert. He looks forward to his next visit to Columbia, which he estimates will be some time in February.

Though he has a bright future of football for a top national program ahead of him, Edwards is focusing on one thing when he goes off to college: "The education, really. I'm looking forward to starting summer school. I'm majoring in sports management," he said.

Edwards had one message to pass along to Missouri fans: "Be ready for a National Championship."

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