- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
Offensive tackle Harneet Gill (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell) became the sixth member of Missouri's 2013 recruiting class Monday night. Francis Howell head coach Bryan Koch feels Missouri – and the SEC – got a steal.
At 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds, Gill still has some filling out to do at the tackle position on a college level. Koch said it’s his overall athleticism and not his potential size that could make him an all-conference player within a couple of years.
“There are not a ton a 6-7 ½, very athletic individuals out there playing football, especially in Missouri,” Koch said. “He’s got great hips and great feet. He is great in run blocking, and he’s able to fill the edges. He’s able to get inside and block tackles.
“Harneet plays left tackle for us and does great things for us in the passing game. We threw the ball 314 times last year, and he gave our coaching staff a sigh of relief as the quarterback’s blind side. I think [the Tigers] are getting a very good one, and we couldn’t be more excited for him.”
Gill was recruited by both offensive line coach Josh Henson and cornerbacks coach Cornell Ford. Missouri was Gill’s only offer, but he also had interest from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas State, Northwestern and Northern Illinois.
Koch said Gill’s physical attributes are impressive, but the big lineman also will bring a sound work ethic to the program.
“One of his greatest tools is that he’s an intelligent, hard-working player,” Koch said. “He grades out high every week. As much success as he’s had, and even with his decision [Monday] night, he was in our gym [Tuesday] morning at 6 a.m. His focus now is winning a state championship and getting better every day.
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