Defensive end Rocel McWilliams (Pensacola, Fla./West Florida Tech) verbally committed to the Tigers on Saturday, according to West Florida Tech head coach Harry Lees. McWilliams, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound lineman, chose Missouri over offers from Memphis and Old Dominion and interest from Tennessee.
“He’s a very good, very aggressive defensive end,” Lees said of McWilliams, the Tigers’ first lineman commitment on both sides of the ball. “He plays down the line very well and plays sideline to sideline. He’s relentless. Takes good angles. He’s what you want up front, because he’s willing to battle.
“He runs real well and he can pass rush, but you can almost put weight on him and put him down in the interior. He’s kind of a tweener guy, but he’s strong enough to take on anyone in front of him.”
McWilliams is Missouri’s first commit of the year not from either Missouri or Illinois. However, he’s the second West Florida Tech commit in back-to-back recruiting seasons for the Tigers. Missouri signed three-star defensive end Nate Crawford last February.
“When they were recruiting Nate, I think that helped for them to see some of our other players,” Lees said. “They got a chance to see [McWilliams], and our kicker [2013 Luke Jackson] is going to play for Missouri as a preferred walk-on. Through the process, they had chance to see what we had, which is a good deal for him and for us.”