Rockhurst defensive back Dexter McDonald 6'2"185lbs played football for the first time last year as a junior and parlayed that along with a strong summer at camps into several D1 scholarship offers, including one from Missouri, before deciding over this past summer to commit to the University of Illinois.
Now the talented senior cornerback, who is still committed to the Illini, is taking a second look at the Missouri Tigers before making things final by signing day.
" I have been talking to Mizzou and I will be visiting there on December 18th." McDonald said when I spoke with him last night. " I am still committed to Illinois, but I have always really liked Missouri and I am listening to what they have to say and will be making an official there soon and have an in home visit from Coach Hill and Coach Pinkel tomorrow."
McDonald, who set his school's record for interceptions this past season with 8, will be visiting Illinois the week before his Missouri visit on December 11th.
Despite being committed to Illinois for several months, Missouri has been on his mind for several reasons.
"I am from Missouri, I really like the Tigers and what they are doing. The coaches are really good. I like how they are in the Big 12 and that the Big 12 is more of a passing league then the Big 10, which is more of a run first league. I love the idea of playing in a passing league being a cornerback. Plus, my parents really like Mizzou, especially my Mom, and they like the idea of me only being an hour or so from home and staying in-state." said McDonald.
While Dexter had a solid year as a junior, despite it being his first year of playing football,he really elevated his game his senior year. I asked him what all went into the improvement between seasons.
" Dedication and hard work is what it's all about. My Dad is a big believer in hard work paying off, so I went to several camps over the summer including the Missouri camp and listened to coaches and other cornerbacks. I also watched a lot of film and worked on my technique and skills. As a junior I got by pretty much on raw athleticism. I am a pretty good athlete and that helped. This year I was able to use that along with what I learned and worked on."
McDonald is a good athlete who also has very good basketball skills. His Hawklets team opened there season this week.
"We won our first game and I had 21 that night. Most of the guys are back so we should be pretty good."
After his visits, Dexter expects to make a final decision shortly afterwards.
"I should know what I want to do after my visit to Missouri and probably over the Holidays."