Official visits seem to have everything. The coaches. The players. The atmosphere. The hype of the college lifestyle.
For offensive lineman and Missouri commit Alec Abeln (St. Louis/University), the weekend visit to Columbia, Mo., had one major highlight -- the spread.
“The food was unbelievable,” said Abeln, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound interior lineman. “The first night, we went to the basketball arena, and they had all kinds of food. I know I had the 30-ounce prime rib, lobster tail and a loaded baked potato. I also had Tiger Stripe ice cream. The school’s got its own ice cream flavor.”
Along with the food selection, Abeln said seeing the coaching staff, current players and other 2013 commits made the trip worthwhile. Offensive lineman Mitch Morse was Abeln’s player host, and he said Morse and players such as Evan Boehm, Lucas Vincent and Sean Culkin really made the trip feel like home.
“Getting to spend time with the guys there already was big,” Abeln said. “No matter where you’re going, coaches are going to sell you their school. At Mizzou, when you hang out with the guys, you really get to see how things work and that it is a family.”
Abeln committed to Missouri on March 1, choosing the Tigers over interest from Tulsa, Illinois and Harvard. He is currently recovering from a torn labrum, which he sustained near the end of the regular season. Abeln said he is looking to have surgery over the Christmas break.