The University of Missouri football program has become known for it's development of it Quarterbacks under the direction of head coach Gary Pinkel.
Former Tiger QB's Brad Smith and Chase Daniel put up big numbers and received a lot of accolades while playing for Pinkel, and are both now currently in the NFL, while current Tiger signal caller Blaine Gabbert has made several pre-season watch lists and has already been mentioned in regards to having an NFL future ahead of him.
It is no wonder that talented quarterbacks from across the Midwest have taken notice and are considering Missouri as a possible destination when their time comes to play football.
The latest is 2012 QB Maty Mauk 6'2"190 Kenton(OH) high school.
Mauk, who threw for over 4,500 yards and 46 TDs as a sophomore, while rushing for over 600 yards and 11 more TDs,visited Mizzou a couple of weeks ago and came away very impressed. ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Mauk and got his thoughts on Missouri and recruiting in general.
"I liked it a lot. Everything about it." said Mauk. "It is the best of all the schools I have seen so far regarding facilities,campus and everything."
Mauk and family are familiar with Missouri and were visiting family before the visit.
"My sister lives in Springfield (MO), so we set it up to visit Mizzou at the same time. My Mom, Dad,Sister and brother-in-law drove up to Columbia about 9am and just spent the day checking everything out. We walked around and looked at the school, checked out the academic areas, and I got the chance to meet and talk with Coach Yost and Coach Pinkel. Both are great guys and really down to earth. They make you feel right at a home. A lot of coaches are all business, but they treated me different and I was really impressed by them, especially Coach Pinkel."My parents, especially my, Mom liked it a lot.
Maty, who is coached by his Dad, Mike Mauk, plays in a true spread offense where his team lines up five wide on every play. Playing in the spread offense in college will be one of the major factors in making a college decision.
"I will only pick a school that plays the spread. I know that much. Missouri is one of the best spread teams out there. I watch all their games I can and am familiar with them.So they will be a school I consider." Mauk said.
Even though he has verbal offers from Missouri,Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Ball State, and has made visits to Missouri and Notre Dame so far with a Cincy visit coming soon, Mauk is in no hurry to rush the recruiting process.
"I am taking things in and learning about schools I like a lot. Notre Dame was cool. My brother, Ben Mauk, played for Coach Kelly at Cincinnati, so I am very familiar with Coach Kelly and he is a great guy. I am also familiar with Cincinnati's program and the school. Things are really just getting started and my main focus is on my junior season and getting better. Recruiting will happen in time."
Mauk was recently named the MVP of the National Select 7-on-7 Tournament held in Alabama this past weekend.
Despite the familiarity with Coach Kelly, Maty Mauk told me that Notre Dame was even with all schools for his recruitment at this time.
ShowMeMizzou.com will continue to follow Maty Mauk's season and recruitment.