In previous years, Missouri has recruited well in the state of Texas. At the start of Sunday, the Tigers were still looking to land a player from the Lone Star State for its 2014 class.
The drought ended Sunday afternoon as outside linebacker Roderick Winters (Arlington, Texas/Bowie) confirmed his verbal commitment to Missouri. The 6-foot, 198-pound linebacker, in addition to being the first Texas high school player to commit to the Tigers for the class, became commitment No. 14 for coach Gary Pinkel and his staff.
Missouri was Winters’ first BCS offer. He chose the Tigers over offers from New Mexico State, Sam Houston State, North Dakota and Central Oklahoma, as well as interest from Iowa, Baylor, Louisiana Tech and Utah State.
“It’s a great feeling. I’m glad they took the chance on offering me,” Winters said. “They [Missouri] have a great athletic facility, and it’s the best school out of my offers for the subject I want to major in.”
Winters is looking to study to become an engineer. Of the Missouri coaches, he’s been in contact the most with defensive coordinator Dave Steckel. Winters picked up a Missouri offer after an unofficial visit to Columbia, Mo., last month.
Winters was a first-team all-district linebacker last season and helped Bowie advance three rounds deep in the Texas Class 5A Division I playoffs. Winters, Missouri’s first linebacker commit of the 2014 class, said Missouri has been No. 1 on his recruiting list for a couple of months.