While Ghaalli Muhammad may be a new name for Tiger fans, Mizzou football isn't new to him.
InsideMizzou.com spoke with the standout athlete Thursday night and learned that Gary Pinkel and the Tigers have been recruiting him for a long time.
"They were going to offer me at their junior day last year," Muhammad explained. "The only reason they didn't is that I didn't have a good test score."
Muhammad went to work after that day, focused on one thing, achieving a good test score one day becoming a Missouri Tiger. It appears that his hard work may be paying off.
"I spent several hours everyday in test prep classes and private tutoring," Muhammad said. "I just got my test score back a couple of weeks ago, I scored a 20. The hard work has paid off."
Apparently no one was happier to hear about the test score than apparently the Tiger coaching staff.
"They were very happy," Muhammad said. "They immediately invited me for a visit."
Muhammad, who has been attending football games in Columbia for as long as he can remember, has always dreamed of playing in the black and gold. His first cousin is former Tiger standout Martin Rucker, a good role model for the youngster to admire."
"I have been going to games watching him forever," Muhammad said. "I have always admired T and how he played the game. It's always been a dream of mine to play football at Missouri."
Currently Muhammad doesn't have an official offer from the Tigers, but he is hoping and expecting one this weekend. The talented running back and defensive back has an official offer from Wyoming and a couple of Division 1AA schools.
"They said they were doing everything they can to find me a spot," Muhammad said. "Hopefully it will happen. No one really knew much about me, due to my problems with my test scores, it kept a lot of people away."
Would Muhammad pull the trigger and become a Tiger if an offer is extended this weekend.
"Probably so," Muhammad said. "It's something that I have thought about for a long time."
Where do the Tigers want the talented athlete to play?
"Missouri is recruiting me to play any of the defensive back positions," Muhammad said. "My passion has always been on offense, but I love to hit and I love to make plays, it really doesn't matter to me. It won't really factor in my decision process."
Muhammad took an official visit to Wyoming last weekend and was impressed with the Cowboys facilities.
"It was a little cold," laughed Muhammad. "They have great facilities I had a great time on the visit."
Muhammad is a 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back/defensive back who runs a 4.48 forty. He was recently named Offensive player of the year for the St. Joseph News/Press.
The talented athlete rushed for over 1,200 yards this past season for a 6.6 yard per carry average and scored 14 touchdowns. He added another 246 yards in receptions and another two scores.
"He is a very talented and gifted athlete," Coach Vudik said. "He is a big physical kid that can run. He is very gifted on both sides of the ball; he can play either at the next level very well."