Drew Lock will follow in his father’s footsteps and will play football at Mizzou, he announced Wednesday night at a restaurant in his home town of Lee’s Summit (Mo.).
Tennessee had been hot on his trail, Ole Miss liked him, Ohio State and Texas had both offered this year, but in the end he decided to stay close to home and help build the best Mizzou recruiting class in many years. Of the five commitments the Tigers now have on board, four are four-star prospects. In contrast, in February’s 2014 signings, Mizzou signed three four-star prospects–out of 28 signees.
Lock’s first announcement was that he would play football and not basketball, which was not surprising–although he did have several basketball offers with Division I schools. Then he picked Mizzou.
“I have decided to play football in the SEC two hours down the road in my own backyard,” Lock announced.
Earlier, he gave some background on how the process had gone.
“I’m super excited to announce this tonight. I have decided to play football in college. I chose football for two reasons. One is kind of a story, one of my first recruiting trips, I was told the sport would choose me. Didn’t know what that meant, but over time I realized what that means. It definitely hit harder with football, from there I’d like to talk about that recruiting process. Every day getting 25 to 50 letters in the mail, wish you could experience. It shows what hard work does and shows what you’ve done. Meeting coaches was one of the best experiences, making good relationships from one part of the country to the other. I definitely did see some great players. Notre Dame was an eye opener and Tennessee was too, to feel what 101,000 fans looking at you is like. Just thinking that I could possibly be there in a couple of years.”
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But in the end, nothing could beat his home state school, where his father Andy Lock played. He said he was looking forward to recruiting his future teammates. Just a day earlier, Mizzou also officially secured a commitment from four-star RB Natereace Strong.