Mizzou makes great first impression

First impressions can mean a lot especially with 17 and 18 year old high school football prospects. Missouri apparently made a great impression on Texas offensive lineman Garrett Gramling Thursday as the Denton Ryan product took an unofficial visit to Columbia. For the latest on his unofficial visit to Mizzou, InsideMizzou.com has you covered.

First impressions can mean a lot especially with 17 and 18 year old high school football prospects.

Missouri apparently made a great impression on Texas offensive lineman Garrett Gramling Thursday as the Denton Ryan product took an unofficial visit to Columbia.

"It was incredible," Gramling told InsideMizzou.com Thursday evening. "It was much more than I expected it to be. I really wasn't sure to expect, but after seeing the entire campus and spending the day with the coaching staff I can't say enough great things about Mizzou Football."

Gramling, who has offers from Missouri, Arkansas, Arizona, Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, has already taken visits to several schools to check them out first hand.

"I have been to Arkansas, Baylor, A&M, Tech and now Mizzou," Gramling said. "Missouri ranks up there with the best of them, especially the way their campus is laid out."

According to Gramling he was impressed by several things at the Columbia school.

"I really like the campus a lot," Gramling said. "I like where their football program is headed. They have won back to back 10 win seasons and they seem like they are just continue to get better."

Another thing that impressed Gramling was the fact that the Tiger coaching staff has been together so long.

"Until this season their coaching staff had been together for eight years," Gramling said. "That's impressive to me, to see the unity of their staff and how they interact with their players. I like the idea the same coaches will be there during my four to five years at a school, a lot of schools can't say that."

While Coach Gary Pinkel and his staff didn't press the talented offensive lineman for a commitment, they made their stance very clear to the young man.

"They told me how much they would love for me to be a Missouri Tiger and a part of their family," Gramling said. "All their coaches are so sincere and genuine. I definitely could see myself playing here."

When asked if he had an early favorite, Gramling didn't hesitate.

"I would have to say Missouri, Baylor and then Texas A&M," Gramling said. "I will make a decision before my senior season. I haven't really set a time frame of when I'm going to do it. Missouri definitely moved up a lot after this visit, that's for sure."


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