"It Changed My Entire Perspective"

Top Running Back prospect talks about his visit to Missouri today

The Missouri Tigers were the latest team to get a visit from Edwardsville (IL) RB Rodney Coe 6'2"247lbs 4.5 forty, who has been busy making un-officials to schools that he has interest in.

Coe, who is considered one of the top running back prospects in the 2011 class, and has double digit offers, was at Kansas State's spring game over the weekend and recently had made visits to Nebraska, Iowa,and Oklahoma among others.

Coe's trip to Columbia (MO) today appears to have been a game changer in his recruitment according to him.

"The visit today changed my entire outlook and perspective about Missouri."said Coe. "It went great. We left my school about 11:30 this morning and got there about 1:30.  I talked with Coach Ford and then talked to Coach Pinkel. We talked about the team and how players graduate here.I looked around at everything while I was up there on campus. Everything was great. The campus, the rec center, the academics system they have there. I want to major in business and they are a top school for that."

So was that the only thing that helped change his opinion of Missouri?

" I met some of the players and got a chance to talk with the coaches. I met with Coach Jones and Coach Yost. They asked me what I had heard about them. We talked and then they told me about them and separated what I had heard from what the reality is, and I learned a lot, including how I would fit in an offense like theirs. I wasn't familiar with the spread, but now I am and how I would be used in it. I can see myself playing there now."

So I asked Rodney if the Tigers had moved into a possible top 5 that he may have.

"Most definitely. I will consider Missouri much more strongly now. I would say that Mizzou is in my top 3 now along with Iowa and Kansas State. I have been to those three schools and they stand out above the rest of the schools that I have visited."

Rodney talked about his Iowa and K-State visits and what the differences in the schools are.

"The difference in the three is that I got to go to Iowa and watch a practice and even sit in on a RB meeting. Same thing with K-state. I got to see them in action at the spring game. I also got to talk with Daniel Thomas. At Mizzou I spoke with Derrick Washington, but I wish I could have seen them practice or their spring game."

Rodney told me that his is done with visits until the school year is over. He will sit down with his coach and try to plan if he will take anymore or just wait for official visits.

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