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Sunday, January 20, 2013
ESPN 300 DT Josh Augusta chooses

By Jared Shanker

Peoria (Ill.) defensive tackle Josh Augusta held one school in the highest regard for the last several months. On Sunday, he pulled the trigger.

The Missouri Tigers won over the ESPN 300 defensive tackle on an unofficial visit back in the summer, and Augusta committed on Sunday.

“I loved all that,” the four-star Augusta said of his two visits to Columbia, including an official visit in December. “I really liked the academic center and how they put us in a room with some of the players and asked them any questions we had without the coaches being there.”

One potential roadblock for Augusta, the No. 16 tackle nationally, was Missouri did not have his desired major of construction management. The academic staff worked with him to find a way around it and incorporate several minors to compensate.

During that players-only meeting, Augusta said the players told him that is the kind of help the academic staff is willing to give the student-athletes on a daily basis.

Augusta called assistant coach Cornell Ford to deliver the news on Sunday, and Ford then gave the phone to head coach Gary Pinkel.

“He was excited,” laughed Augusta.

Despite playing in one of the country’s premier conference for lineman, Augusta believes he can contribute early.

“I can come in and do real good if I go down there in June and work hard,” he said.

Illinois, Michigan State and Ole Miss were Augusta's remaining finalists.