Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Football Recruiting Reception Information

 

 

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou Football recruiting reception events are planned in Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis and Springfield.

The tour gets underway Tuesday, Feb. 12th with the annual Tiger Club of Kansas City event, held at the Holiday Inn CoCo Key (across from Kauffman Stadium). A private sponsor dinner and reception begins at 5 p.m., while the public fan reception with Mizzou's coaches gets underway at 6 p.m. That will be followed by a program at 7 p.m. where the club hands out awards and the MU coaches review video of the 20 standouts who signed with Mizzou last week. The event is free to KC Tiger Club members, and is only $5 for non-members. For information on sponsor benefits and opportunities, contact Mark Cox at 913-220-9687 or e-mail markcox1704@gmail.com. Visit the KC Tiger Club website at www.kctigerclub.com.

The next day will see a pair of receptions covering Columbia and St. Louis on Wednesday, Feb. 13th. The day starts in Columbia with the Tiger QB Club luncheon at the Peachtree Catering & Banquet Center. Doors open at 11 a.m., with the program starting around 11:50 a.m. Lunch is $10 for members and $18 for guests. For more information, visit the club online at www.tigerqbclub.com.

The final event, hosted by the Tiger Club of Springfield, is set for Thursday, Feb. 21st at the White River Conference Center in Springfield (part of the Bass Pro Shops campus). A special VIP opportunity will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the public reception slated for 6:30. For information on this event, please contact bcheever@clearcreekvehicles.com. Tickets for the public reception are $15, with VIP tickets priced at $30.

 

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Charles Harris

Fr., DL, 6-4, 220, Kansas City, Mo. (Lincoln Prep HS)

A multisport in-state athlete who excelled on the basketball court for Lincoln Prep High School in Kansas City brings his talents to the gridiron for Mizzou ... recorded 60 tackles, 12.0 sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior in 2012 ... also snagged 15 passes for 285 yards and five touchdowns ... recognized to the Missouri Football Coaches Association’s All-Kansas City Metro third team at defensive end ... named league defensive MVP for Lincoln Prep head coach Allen Lee ... notched 40 tackles and 6.0 sacks as a junior in 2011 ... on the hardwood, earned first team All-Interscholastic League and Player of the Year honors as a junior in 2011-12 ... father – William Harris ... mother – Deborah Clark ... plans to major in biology at Missouri ... chose Mizzou for its outstanding academic reputation. 

Duron Singleton

Jr., DB, 6-1, 210, New Orleans, La. (Fresno City CC)

A highly sought-after JUCO safety who went to Fresno City Community College following his career at Helen Cox High School in Harvey, La., to draw more interest from Division I football programs ... played the 2011 and 2012 seasons at Fresno playing for head coach Tony Caviglia, recording 87 tackles and four interceptions this past year ... rated as the No. 1 JUCO safety by 247Sports.com and considered a four-star prospect. ... additionally scored two touchdowns and notched two sacks and two forced fumbles for the Rams in 2012, earning All-Valley Conference honors for his efforts ... an All- District 8 linebacker for Class 4A Helen Cox as a senior in 2008 ... helped the Cougars, led by head coach Willie Brooks, to the Class 4A state championship playoffs in his final high school season ... also played basketball for Helen Cox ... chose Mizzou over Memphis, Syracuse and Wisconsin, among others. 

J’Mon Moore

Fr., WR, 6-3, 185, Missouri City, Texas (Elkins HS)

One of Texas’ top wide receiver prospects, selected 77th in Rivals.com’s Texas “Top 100” ... picked No. 82 overall in Rivals’ Lone Star Recruiting “Top 100” ... was a deep threat for Elkins High School and head coach Dennis Brantley as a senior in 2012, catching 50 passes for 1,026 yards and 10 touchdowns ... ranked as the No. 73 wide receiver recruit in the class of 2013 by Rivals.com ... snagged 30 catches for 722 yards and seven scores as a junior in 2011 ... parents – Milton Moore and Betty Jones-Moore ... chose Mizzou over Arizona, Texas, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, USC and Oklahoma State, among others ... also participated in basketball and track and field for Elkins ... plans to pursue physical therapy or sports medicine at Missouri ... mentioned the strong impression Mizzou’s athletic department made on his recruiting visit. 

Nate Crawford

Fr., DL, 6-4, 285, Pensacola, Fla. (West Florida Tech)

Rated as the No. 75 defensive tackle prospect in the class of 2013 by ESPN.com ... helped West Florida Tech High School and head coach Harry Lees to a 10-1 record and berth in the Florida Class 5A State Championship playoffs in 2012 ... recorded 80 tackles and 7.0 sacks in his final high school season ... earned second team All-State honors from the Associated Press as a senior in 2012, as well as all-area recognition ... a Pensacola News-Journal “Super Senior” selection ... totaled 71 tackles and 3.0 sacks as a junior in 2011 ... mother – Clarice McDowell ... chose Mizzou over Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville and Mississippi State, among others ... plans to major in business at Missouri. 

Josh Augusta

Fr., DL, 6-4, 300, Peoria, Ill. (Peoria HS)

Highly-touted defensive lineman who also showed his skills at tight end for Peoria High School and head coach Tim Thornton ... rated No. 161 in ESPN.com’s “ESPN300” list of top recruits in the nation and was ranked the seventh-best recruit in Illinois’ class of 2013 by the website ... rated as the No. 9 recuit in Illinois’ class of 2013 by Rivals.com ... selected to the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Game ... named First Team Class 5A All-State at tight end and defensive line by the Illinois Football Coaches Association as a senior in 2012 ... two-time Peoria Journal-Star All-Area honoree ... recorded six sacks in his final Lion season ... considered the No. 16 defensive tackle in the country by ESPN.com and No.

29 by Rivals.com ... earned letters in track & field as a sophomore and junior for the Lions, claiming the 2012 Class 2A shot put championship with a throw of 61-05.75 ... played basketball as a junior ... chose Mizzou over several prominent programs, including Michigan, Michigan State, Ole Miss, California, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Oklahoma ... mother – Kenna Lewis ... plans to enroll in the College of Architecture ... cited Mizzou’s coaching staff and the University of Missouri’s academic reputation as reasons for deciding to be a Tiger. 

Marcus Loud

Fr., DL, 6-4, 255, Houston, Texas (Wheatley HS)

Imposing and skilled presence for Mizzou’s defensive trenches ... the No. 27 strongside defensive end recruit in the country, according to Rivals.com ... additionally rated as the 76th-best overall recruit in the state of Texas by the website ... twice earned Class 4A All-District 21 recognition on the defensive line for head coach Cornelius McFarland ... tallied 78 tackles as a senior in 2012, including 10.0 sacks, to earn second team all-district and second team All-Greater Houston ... also earned second team all- district as a junior in 2011, recording 60 tackles and 8.0 sacks ... had 43 tackles, 11.0 sacks and three forced fumbles to earn first team all-district honors as a sophomore in 2011 ... father – Richard Loud ... mother – Rostella Byrd ... chose Mizzou over Michigan State, Mississippi State, Colorado, Iowa State and Texas Tech, among others ... also participated in basketball and track and field for Wheatley ... served as a captain for the Wildcats’ football and track squads ... plans to major in early childhood education at Missouri ... noted how much he liked Columbia, Mizzou’s coaching staff and the school’s academic reputation as playing roles in his recruitment. 

Antar Thompson

Fr., DL, 6-3, 300, Maplewood, Mo. (Maplewood HS)

One of the state of Missouri’s top defensive line recruits staying in-state with Mizzou ... rated at No. 5 overall in the state of Missouri by Rivals.com and No. 7 by ESPN.com ... considered the No. 35 defensive tackle prospect in the county by Rivals.com and No. 37 by ESPN.com ... listed eighth in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s “Super 30” list of area ... defensive force as a senior for head coach Brandon Gregory, recording 98 tackles and 18.0 sacks, earning first team Class 2 All-State recognition from the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscaster Association ... also earned first team All-Metro recognition from the Post-Dispatch ... totaled 78 tackles as a junior in 2011, including 11 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks ... also forced two fumbles ... honored to Class 2 All-State second team by the Missouri Football Coaches Association as a sophomore in 2011 ... also brought in 7.0 sacks as a sophomore in 2011 ... mother – Michele Lewis ... chose Mizzou primarily over Kansas State, but also had interest from Alabama, Notre Dame and Nebraska, among many others ... noted that the change to play for an SEC program that was close to home sold him on becoming a Tiger. 

Jason Reese

Fr., TE, 6-3, 235, Euless, Texas (Trinity HS)

Packs athleticism and size for the tight end position at Mizzou ... considered the No. 23 tight end recruit in the nation according to ESPN.com ... grabbed 15 catches for 338 yards and four touchdowns in a heavy run offense as a senior in 2012 ... earned First Team Super Team honors from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ... helped Trinity High School and head coach Steve Lineweaver win 22 games during his junior and senior seasons ... considered his county’s top football player as a senior and earned second team all-district ... parents – Charles Reese and Cassandra Wallace ... contributed on Trinity’s basketball and track squads ... plans to major in criminal justice at Missouri ... chose Mizzou over Arizona State, Indiana, Iowa State, Purdue and TCU, among others ... chose Mizzou because of the Tigers’ players and family atmosphere. 

Eric Beisel

Fr., LB, 6-2, 240, Fenton, Mo. (Rockwood Summit HS)

(Last name is pronounced b-EYE-zul) A top in-state defensive product for Mizzou, ranked No. 4 overall in Missouri’s class of 2013 by ESPN.com and No. 9 by Rivals.com ... a two-time Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters and Missouri Football Coaches Association first team All-State pick at linebacker after stellar junior and senior seasons for Rockwood Summit High School and head coach Miker Bellers ... totaled 79 tackles in only six games in 2012, also recording two interceptions ... set school-record for single-game tackles with 24 ... ranked third in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s “Super 30” list of area recruits ... considered the No. 45 inside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com ... represented Team USA at the IFAF World Championships with fellow signees Chase Abbington, Alec Abeln and Trent Hosick ... took first team all-conference and all-district honors as a senior ... had back-to-back seasons of more than 100 tackles as a sophomore and junior, notching 116 and 100, respectively ... parents – David and Cathy Beisel ... participated in baseball for the Falcons, helping the squad to the 2012 Class 4 State Championship ... chose Mizzou over Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas State, Nebraska and Arizona State, among others ... cited Mizzou’s beautiful campus and goal-oriented football program as reasons for choosing to be a Tiger. 

Shaun Rupert

Fr., DB, 6-0, 180, Montgomery, Ala. (Carver HS)

Rated the No. 69 safety in the nation and the 44th-best overall recruit in the state of Alabama by ESPN.com ... totaled 51 tackles and two interceptions for Carver High School and head coach Billy Gresham as a senior in 2012 ... helped lead a Wolverine secondary unit that did not allow a passing touchdown until the Class 6A state playoffs ... named to the Montgomery Advertiser’s All-Metro team at defensive back ... participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic ... recorded 56 tackles and two interceptions as a junior in 2011 ... posted back-to-back seasons with 77 tackles as a freshman (2009) and sophomore (2010) ... father – Harvey Harris ... mother – Pattie Rupert-King ... also participated in track and field at Carver, helping the squad’s 4x400 meter team to the state title in 2010 ... chose Mizzou over Arkansas State, South Florida, Wake Forest and Southern Miss, among others ... plans to major in business at Missouri ... chose Mizzou because of his relationship with the Tiger coaching staff and the school’s academic reputation. 

Chase Abbington

Fr., TB, 6-2, 205, O’Fallon, Mo. (Fort Zumwalt South HS)

One of the nation’s premier athletes, ranked inside Rivals.com’s “Rivals250” ... considered the No. 2 recruit in Missouri’s class of 2013 by ESPN.com and Rivals.com ... selected to ESPN.com’s “ESPN300” list of top recruits in the nation ... rated by Rivals.com 12th-best athlete in the nation ... totaled 939 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior in 2012 for Fort Zumwalt South High School and head coach Scott Fulton ... added 10 catches for 142 yards and one touchdown to lead the Bulldogs in scoring ... a first team all-conference and all-district honoree after his final high school season ... represented Team USA at the IFAF World Championships with fellow signees Alec Abeln, Eric Beisel and Trent Hosick ... rushed for 1,459 yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior in 2011 ... showed a nose for the ball on defense as well, snatching two interceptions ... mother – Amy Benlien ... participated in track for Fort Zumwalt South, earning all-conference and all-district recognition ... chose Mizzou over top programs around the country, including Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas State, Michigan State, Nebraska, UCLA and Arizona State ... plans to major in sports medicine at Missouri. 

A.J. Logan

Fr., DL, 6-1, 315, Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge HS)

A standout local defensive lineman who opted for Mizzou early during his senior season in 2012 ... accumulated 94 tackles in his final season for Rock Bridge High School head coach and former Mizzou standout tight end A.J. Ofodile, along with 13 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and four forced fumbles ... for his efforts, earned Missouri Class 6 first team All-State recognition from the Missouri Sports Writers and Sportscasters Association for the second consecutive season ... named to the Columbia Tribune’s All- Area team at defensive tackle as a junior and senior ... was a major playmaker as a junior in 2011, totaling 59 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble ... parents – Marlin Logan and Charlotte Logan ... stepmother - Deana Philips ... also participated in basketball and wrestling while at Rock Bridge ... plans to major in social work at Missouri ... says that he was drawn to Mizzou because of the family atmosphere, as well as the football program’s graduation rate. 

Aarion Penton

Fr., DB, 5-10, 185, St. Louis, Mo. (Christian Brothers College HS)

(First name is pronounced AIR-ee-on) Speedy defensive back who is staying in-state with Mizzou ... ranked No. 15 overall in the state of Missouri’s class of 2013 by Rivals.com and No. 16 by ESPN.com ... showed superb athleticism throughout his career at Christian Brothers College High School for head coach Scott Pingel, snagging 59 catches for 896 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in 2012 ... totaled 13 scores overall in his final high school season, rushing three times into the end zone and scoring twice on special teams ... recorded two interceptions on defense for the Cadets ... earned first team Class 6 All-State recognition from both the Missouri Football Coaches Association and Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association ... snagged all-conference and all-metro recognition as a

junior and senior ... contributed all over the field as a junior in 2011, catching 40 passes for 842 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing 27 times for 302 yards and four scores ... added 51 tackles and two interceptions as a defender ... parents – George and Kimberly Penton ... chose Mizzou early in the recruiting process ... also played basketball and ran track for Christian Brothers ... plans to major in communications at Missouri ... noted the Mizzou football program’s strong academic reputation as playing a part in his recruitment. 

 

Alec Abeln

Fr., OL, 6-3, 280, Chesterfield, Mo. (St. Louis University HS)

(Last name is pronounced AY-bell-n) Considered the No. 15 center prospect in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 18 by ESPN.com ... played at both left tackle and center for St. Louis University High School and head coach Gary Kornfeld ... ranked 17th overall in the state of Missouri’s class of 2013 by Rivals.com ... selected first team All-State by the Associated Press ... earned first team All-Metro honors from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ... was an all-conference selection at tackle as a senior in 2012 ... represented Team USA in the IFAF World Championships alongside fellow signees Chase Abbington, Eric Beisel and Trent Hosick ... parents – Douglas and Julie Abeln ... academic all-state pick in his final high school season ... also participated in wrestling and volleyball as a senior ... mother, Julie, was Truman the Tiger while a student at Mizzou ... has wanted to attend Mizzou since his childhood.