It didn't take long for one Missouri High School prospect to choose the school of his choice.
After spending years going to Missouri football games as a youngster with his uncle and cousin, St. Louis Charminade's Jack Meiners didn't want to waste time dragging out a decision.
"I grew up loving football," Meiners told InsideMizzou.com Monday night. "I have always liked the University of Missouri. I have always gone to games with my uncle and cousins."
It was only natural for Meiners to attend the Missouri junior days, and attend the Tiger's spring game. The day after Missouri's spring game, Meiners felt like the time was right to make his decision.
"They really made me feel wanted there," Meiners said. "The coaching staff did a fantastic job of that. They did a great recruiting me."
Meiners didn't want to drag out his recruiting process, he wanted to make his choice and begin preparing for the next level.
"Missouri is the program I like the best," Meiners said. "Some guys drag out the process; I wanted to get my decision behind me so I could focus on my senior season and to start working hard to do my best to contribute to the program I chose."
Meiners, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound athlete who runs a 4.9 forty, is excited about becoming a Tiger and can't wait to begin his football career at the college level.
"Missouri is the best place for me, it's close to home," Meiners said. "I love the campus, everything is brand new, the coaching staff is great, and it's like a big family setting."
Meiners is looking forward to playing for Gary Pinkel and a Tiger Program that is on the verge of being a perennial national contender.
"I love Coach Pinkel," Meiners said. "He has really changed the Missouri football program. He has turned the program into a national powerhouse."
Meiners will graduate from high school in May and enroll in school at Columbia in early June. The Scout.com three star prospect is expected to challenge for early playing time.
"It's my job to be in the best shape of my life," Meiners said. "I will be ready, I want to make an early impact, and I'll be ready."