Missouri dips into Florida for DL 

October, 15, 2012
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The SEC was not kind to the Tigers on Saturday as Alabama pounded Missouri 42-10, but the school's new conference affiliate helped coach Gary Pinkel land a verbal from three-star defensive tackle Nate Crawford (Pensacola, Fla./West Florida Tech).

“My dream as a child was always to play in the SEC,” Crawford, who visited over the weekend, told the Pensacola News Journal. “I only had offers from Missouri and Kentucky, and I had to jump on one of them. This is the SEC; I want to play against those big teams that didn’t want to give me a chance.”

Cincinnati, Florida International, Louisville, Marshall, Memphis and South Florida also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-4, 255-pound senior while Mississippi State showed strong interest.