- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
Early Wednesday evening, Evan Boehm (Lee's Summit, Mo./West) answered a question and then yawned. He then answered another question. And yawned again.
It was that kind of day for Boehm. Then again, it’s been that kind of six weeks for the four-star offensive lineman. No rest for the weary.
The recruiting process the second time around for Boehm has been a constant grind. After decommitting from Missouri last November to explore other options, Boehm’s mission to find the perfect college home has been fulfilling yet mentally exhausting.
Throughout the process, Boehm, considered the nation’s top-ranked offensive guard, always reminded followers that Missouri was still a possibility.
On Wednesday, after returning from an official visit to Columbia, Mo., he reconfirmed his pledge to the Tigers and is preparing to play in the SEC. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound, who first committed to Missouri in June, chose the Tigers over Auburn.
“I just got back and looked at everything. It’s the place for me,” Boehm said. “A weight has been lifted off, and I’m back to my normal self. I’m living life and not worrying about colleges anymore.”
Boehm originally decommitted toward the end of November after Missouri announced its plans to leave the Big 12 and join the SEC. He kept his promise to Missouri coaches by acknowledging that the Tigers were still an option, and he made Columbia one of his official visits.
Boehm visited Auburn the weekend of Nov. 25 and visited Missouri last week. He said the feeling he had when he visited Missouri reminded him of the very first time he visited the campus. The sense of brotherhood and amity surrounded the campus -- so much that it almost made him wonder why he decommitted.
To add, Boehm had been in touch with several of the players from Missouri’s 2012 recruiting class, such as high three-star linebacker Michael Scherer (St. Louis, Mo./Mary Institute Country Day School) and three-star running back Morgan Stewart (Kansas City, Mo./Staley). They all had asked him to rejoin the class as a committed athlete.
“I felt welcomed there. I felt wanted and loved,” Boehm said. “That’s always good to feel when you’re down there. I felt like I was already a part of the family.”
Missouri will get a player who is ranked No. 52 in the ESPNU 150. The Tigers also will get a player who recently added to his individual accolades. Boehm two weeks ago won the Thomas A. Simone Memorial Award, which is awarded to the most outstanding football player in the greater Kansas City area. Boehm became the first offensive lineman to receive that award. Additionally, Boehm won the Buck Buchanan Award, which is presented to the area’s top lineman.
Boehm’s primary recruiter at Missouri was receivers coach Andy Hill, but Boehm said he picked up the phone to call Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel to offer the good news. Boehm said he knew after last weekend that Missouri was the right fit, but he wanted to marinate the idea for a couple of days.
And now that he’s done so -- and put his trust back in the Tigers -- he can now rest with no worries.
“I’m back," Boehm said, "and it feels good.”
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