During an emotional signing ceremony at his Duncanville High School, Ennis Rakestraw admitted his dream school was Alabama and took a moment to note in-state Texas was among his three finalists. Despite the connections to those two elite programs, Rakestraw announced he had signed with Eli Drinkwitz’s Missouri program on National Signing Day.

That’s a huge win for Coach Drinkwitz and his first-year Mizzou staff as Rakestraw took official visits to both Texas and Alabama leading up to this decision and recently had a visit from Nick Saban during his recruitment. There’s no doubt the Crimson Tide were very interested in Rakestraw but, in the end, it was the Tigers that won out for his services.

The 6-foot, 170-pound Duncanville, Texas native is rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 71 cornerback in the nation by 247Sports Composite Rankings. Following this news, Missouri now holds 17 commits/signees in the program’s 2020 recruiting cycle.

The Tigers now have two defensive back prospects in the 2020 recruiting cycle as Rakestraw joins safety prospect Tyler Jones as the only other secondary defender in the class.

To get an idea of why Alabama and Texas wanted Rakestraw so bad, take a look at his senior season highlight reel with Duncanville High School.