Mizzou Too Good to Pass Up for Texas D-End

Defensive end Marcus Malbrough of Beaumont, Tex., had already committed to Iowa when he decided to take a trip to Missouri this weekend. He liked it enough to change his plans, and today, after a visit with MU coaches Gary Pinkel and Matt Eberflus Malbrough's family, his commitment was strengthened.

"Just the way he carries himself and runs his program, everything is first-class," said Malbrough, a 6-foot-5, 226-pound late-bloomer who also had offers from Baylor, Mississippi State and Tulane. "The coaches are real cool. The facilities are all real high-tech and everything is up to date. It's above and beyond."

Malbrough, who enjoyed being hosted on his visit by Ziggy Hood, is a pass-rushing specialist who runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash and has a frame that will allow him to add a good bit of muscle. He was named First Team All-District and earned a place on the Houston Chronicle Area Top 110.

"My speed off the ball [is my strength]. I'm quick off the line and I get to the quarterback. I had a lot of tackles for loss this year and a lot of tackles overall," he said. "They said they can see me getting on the field next year, but I won't know about the redshirting thing for a while."

Malbrough said the Iowa staff wasn't too happy with his decision, as expected, but the allure of MU was too strong to pass on.

"I was committed to Iowa and I really didn't see myself going there. Plus I wanted to stay in the Big 12 and I thought Missouri would be a great place for me to do that. I'm a Texas boy and there are a lot of Texas teams in the Big 12."

With Malbrough's commitment, Mizzou seems very close to wrapping up what looks like its best class – on paper, of course – in years.

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