Protests cost Missouri a recruit
The recent anti-racism protests brought national attention to the University of Missouri, and, the protesters hope, positive change to the campus.
The spotlight on the protest and graduate student Jonathan Butler’s hunger strike grew once the Tigers’ football team got involved. On Saturday, 32 members of the team said they would boycott all football activities until the protest and Butler’s hunger strike ended, and the following day, the rest of the players added their support.
But while much of the attention the football program has received was positive, it appears to have cost Missouri a player it was recruiting.
On Wednesday, Sci Martin, a defensive end, eliminated the Tigers from his top five. He admitted that the protests played a big part in his decision.
“They were pretty high, but I’m not going back in time with this type of madness,” Martin said about Missouri.
Martin is a three-star recruit from New Orleans. He is considered the No. 30 weakside defensive end in the nation by Rivals and the No. 28 player in the state of Louisiana.
With Missouri eliminated, Martin’s top four are now LSU, TCU, Utah and Oklahoma, and he will add a fifth school in the next few days. He said he does not have a favorite right now.