- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
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There's something about that first major offer. Just ask cornerback Logan Cheadle (Lee's Summit, Mo./Lee's Summit West).
For Cheadle, having Missouri as his first offer was almost like finding gold. He grew up watching the Tigers, and he considers Missouri one of his favorite teams. Plus, the Tigers compete in the SEC, arguably the toughest conference in college football.
A commitment only made sense to Cheadle, and on Thursday the 5-foot-10, 173-pound cornerback became Missouri's 11th overall commitment and third defensive back to join the Tigers' 2014 class. Cheadle chose Missouri over offers from Iowa State, Indiana and Northern Illinois.
"I grew up watching Mizzou," Cheadle said. "Back when I was younger, I looked up to them, and now, I can be that guy that the younger players look up to now. There's something about a kid who plays for his home state. It's a pride deal.
"I think them being the first school to offer really said a lot in how much they believed in me. They were the first to recognize my potential. I'm really comfortable there."
Cheadle was recruited by Missouri quarterbacks coach Andy Hill. Cheadle was at Missouri's camp on Sunday, where he had a chance to chat with more coaches and some of the players. The commitment, Cheadle said, came somewhat matter-of-factly.
"It was interesting, because I never really decided anything until about 10 minutes before I called," Cheadle said. "A lot of people know where they want to go as soon as they get there. For me, it was a tough decision between Missouri and Iowa State.
"I had to kind of set a date for myself. I knew if I didn't set a date, I'd never decide. I wanted to set a date so I could get it out of the way and concentrate on getting my team to state."
Cheadle gets comparisons to a good friend of his in Missouri cornerback E.J. Gaines. Both are around the same height, but Gaines has about 15 pounds on him. Cheadle hopes to have a college career similar to Gaines, and he knows he has a great opportunity to prove himself worthy in a power conference such as the SEC.
"At first, I was little tentative, because I know people my size, shorter corners, are more what you see in other places, like the Big 12," Cheadle said. "Going to the SEC, a lot of the corners are big guys. You look at people like E.J. Gaines and see that you can have the skill set wherever you go. At first, I was tentative; now, I'm excited to go against the best of the best."
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